Thais love sweet drinks, says green tea maker Ichitan © Panom Kimsue/123RF
Thais love sweet drinks, says green tea maker Ichitan © Panom Kimsue/123RF

Thailand declares war on sugar with tax

posted by Su-San Sit
in Law
13 December 2017

Confronted with rising obesity rates and health care costs, the Thai government has introduced an excise tax aimed at pushing beverage makers into making less sugary drinks.

Governments around the world have been weighing introduction of taxes on sugary beverages in order to stem health epidemics, including diabetes and obesity. The World Health Organisation, which has backed the levies, said last month that child and teen obesity had soared tenfold in four decades.

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