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Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases

Authors/ source/ publisher
World Health Organization
Date added to library 12 October 2016
Year published
The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), proposes that “as appropriate to national context, countries consider the use of economic tools that are justified by evidence, and may include taxes and subsidies, to improve access to healthy dietary choices and create incentives for behaviours associated with improved health outcomes and discourage the consumption of less healthy options”. The Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition 2012 also considers that “trade measures, taxes and subsidies are an important means of guaranteeing access and enabling healthy dietary choices”. Furthermore the Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood recommends to “implement an effective tax on sugar-sweetened beverages”.