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Bad Food tax

Comment 26th August 2010

With the NHS suffering from dealing with obesity we have taken no real measures to stop this other than advertising to an unwilling public.  We should raise taxes on both the producers and the consumers for "bad food".  So for example if Burger King wish to sell bad food then they should pay for the privilege.  Similarly the VAT should be supplemented on this type of food (whether based on sugar, fat or salt content or just by type ie burgers, chips etc).  The funds should then be ploughed into the NHS for treating this kind of abuse.  The govt has raised large amounts of tax from alcohol and cigarettes but not this latest danger. 

Why does this matter?

Our nation is becoming ever fatter and the NHS is using funds to cure problems that are self inducing as opposed to other priorities.

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