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Canadian governments need to take drastic steps to address the country’s obesity epidemic, such as taxing junk food and banning or capping some ingredients, says an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
A junk-food tax, or "sin" tax, could help reduce the consumption of high-fat foods and drinks, said Sonia Grandi, co-author of the editorial and Cardiology and Clinical Epidemiology researcher at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.
The rationale stems from the success of cigarette taxes, a proven and effective intervention to combat smoking. 17 However, it remains unclear whether a junk food tax is feasible or appropriate. 13 Proponents of a dedicated junk food tax suggest that the large revenues generated could be used to subsidize healthy food prices or to fund obesity prevention programs. 6,13
Ontario's proposed changes to laws surrounding illegal cigarettes are a step in the right direction, but the province needs to focus on manufacturers to really curb smuggling, anti-smoking groups said Thursday.
The new legislation tabled Thursday proposes that people found carrying small quantities of illegal cigarettes pay fines between $100 and $500. Someone caught with less than 200 illegal smokes would have to pay a total of about $175 in fees and taxes
Curbing contraband tobacco is a key component to reducing smoking. Illegal cigarettes account for more than 40 per cent of those smoked by high schoolers, according to one study. Not only does contraband feed criminal enterprise, but cheap cigarettes undermine one of the best tools the government has to keep young people from picking up the habit: price.
Originally posted by sliceNodice
You are a fool if you think this is to stop obesity. It is nothing but an excuse for more cash... The only reason for taxation is greed, every other reason is simply an excuse to dupe the sheep. You are being robbed and you like it, because it makes you feel damn good to be such a good supportive citizen doesn't it? Open your eyes, the only thing taxation supports is a bloated government and the politicians wallets. We are being taxed enough god damn it. It is time to draw a line in the sand. No more taxation, PERIOD. Any new measure to tax us further should be met with non violent, yet harsh resistance.
edit on 26-4-2011 by sliceNodice because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by CalmAsHinduCows
I believe the main reason they don't put high taxes of "junk food" is that a lot of it is consumed by the poor who can only afford things such as bleached white bread, those dollar boxes of Little Debbie cakes, Generic Sodas (those sodas are cheaper than bottled water in most stores.), etc...
If those were to be taxed, you know there will be a big protest against it.