Philippines Considers Soda Tax

January 19, 2015 Taxation in Philippines

MANILA – Taxing soft drinks in the Philippines may help improve health in the country, especially among youths.

In a new position paper issued recently the Department of Health of the Philippines stated its opinion that a new tax should be implemented on the sale of all sugar-sweetened drinks sold in in the country.

According to the experts of the Department of Health, approximately 29.1 percent of men in the country suffered from hypertension, and 4 percent were diabetic, while 22.2 percent of women were hypertensive, and 5.5 percent were diabetic.

The unhealthy condition of such a significant portion of the population is caused by smoking, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor diets.

Implementing a 10 percent tax on unhealthy beverages such as soft drinks, sweetened juices, energy drinks, and other sugar-added drinks should lower the consumption of such drinks.

It was noted that sedentary lifestyles is one of the biggest contributors to poor health and obesity among youths, and increasing the price on sugary drinks will help improve the diets of youths in the country.

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