Young Aussies support a sugar tax

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The majority of young Australians support a tax on sugar sweetened drinks, especially if funds were to be directed towards health promotion initiatives, according to Australian research. The researchers surveyed over 1,700 Victorians aged 18 to 30 to determine their support for a sugar tax which would increase the price of an average can of soft drink by of 15 cents. Overall 48 per cent of those surveyed in the study supported the introduction of a sugar tax, but this increased to 74 per cent if the tax revenue was allocated to subsidising fruit and vegetables, and 72 per cent if it funded community exercise facilities.

Journal/conference: ANZJPH

Link to research (DOI): 10.1111/1753-6405.12858

Organisation/s: Deakin University

Funder: Colin Bell receives financial support from Deakin University


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