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More at Source: [url=http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070712/hl_nm/britain_fat_dc]"Fat tax" could save 3,200 lives each year
LONDON (Reuters) -
Researchers at Oxford University say that charging Value Added Tax (VAT) at 17.5 percent on foods deemed to be unhealthy would cut consumer demand and reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes.
The purchase tax is already levied on a small number of products such as potato crisps, ice cream, confectionery and chocolate biscuits, but most food is exempt.
A "fat tax" on salty, sugary and fatty foods could save thousands of lives each year, according to a study published on Thursday.
Any "fat tax" might be seen as an attack on personal freedom and would weigh more heavily on poorer families, the study warned.
A food tax would raise average weekly household bills by 4.6 percent or 67 pence per person.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has previously rejected the idea as an example of the "nanny state" that might push people away from healthy food.
Originally posted by SteveR
I do not trust the government's "experts" to pick and choose...