30 Jan '18, 7pm

Can taxing 'bad' foods improve public health?

When citizens are unable to stay healthy, cash-strapped governments are forced to consider drastic measures. "Nothing is certain but death and taxes," as the famous phrase goes, but imagine if one of these could prevent -- or, more accurately, postpone -- the other? A new task force thinks this is entirely possible. The task force , which includes many prominent political leaders, ministers of finance and health, economists, and members of the World Health Organization, would like to find a way to tax foods and beverages known to hurt humans, in an effort to improve quality of life. In other words, substances like candy, soda, energy drinks, alcohol, and cigarettes would become more expensive, and thus more difficult to obtain. No doubt the objections will fly. Nobody likes being told what to do. But the numbers speak for themselves. Non-communicable diseases, such as card...

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