Sugar, Rum and Tobacco

Sugar, Rum and Tobacco

Taxes and Public Health in New Zealand

Can a sugar tax improve public health? Even if it can, is it the right thing to do? One of New Zealand’s foremost health scientists, Mike Berridge, teams up with tax expert Lisa Marriott to explore the issue.

This BWB Text explains the relationship between sugar and ill-health, and explores how taxes can reduce people’s sugar intake. It draws on research and case studies from around the world, including Denmark, Mexico and the Pacific. With New Zealand now the third most obese nation in the OECD, Berridge and Marriott’s discussion is a timely addition to a contentious debate.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Aug 2017
Pages: 112
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947518301
DOI: 10.7810/9780947518301

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'Sugary drinks: how a tax could change our health', Sunday Morning, RNZ, 6 August 2017.

'NZers' sugar intake six times daily recommendation', RNZ, 6 August 2017.