Mexico's sugar tax is reducing soft-drink sales - study

Mexico's sugar tax is reducing soft-drink sales - study
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A Mexican tax on sugar-sweetened beverages has cut soft-drink sales by 6 percent, according to a new report.

The data, taken from the National Income and Expenditure Surveys across the years before and after the tax, found the reductions were higher among lower-income households, residents living in urban areas, and households with children.

The study, published by the Journal of Nutrition, also found after the tax was implemented there was a 16 percent increase in low and middle-income households purchasing water.

In 2016 The New Zealand Government ruled out a sugar tax, but said it would keep a close watch for emerging evidence that it was effective overseas.

More than 70 percent of Mexico's population is either overweight or obese.

Newshub.