Britain considers sin tax on a specific food - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/12/09

Britain considers sin tax on a specific food

A big debate is underway in Britain.  A Scottish doctor has proposed that chocolate should be taxed to help the country's raging obesity epidemic. 

Dr. David walker says a chocolate tax would single out the food as unhealthy and cause people to purchase it less frequently. Dr. Walker said, "It should probably only be eaten in quite small amounts fairly infrequently where as some people are possibly eating chocolate several times a day". 

He admits that chocolate does have some positive health effects because of its antioxidant properties, but insists those benefits are more than outweighed by the amount of sugar contained in most chocolate that can cause people to pack on the pounds.

Delegates at a British Medical Association conference voted down the idea of pursuing the tax by just two votes Thursday.

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