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UKHF says Budget is a missed opportunity to tackle health harms
Date08 July 2015
Year 2015
Summary
UK Health Forum says Budget is a missed opportunity to tackle health harms from tobacco, alcohol and sugary soft drinks 
The UK Health Forum (UKHF) is disappointed that the Government has failed to introduce any measures to improve public health and raise badly-needed revenues for health in the Budget announced today. In particular, UKHF sees the failure to include a levy on the tobacco industry as a missed opportunity. The Government has already held a public consultation on the levy which UKHF believes would help cut smoking rates, improve productivity and reduce pressure on the NHS. 
 
Other measures that the UKHF would have hoped to see included in Chancellor’s announcement are a duty of sugary soft drinks to help tackle the obesity crisis and a return of the alcohol duty escalator to help prevent the harms caused by cheap alcohol. 
 
Responding to today’s budget announcement, UKHF CEO Paul Lincoln said: “We know smoking, alcohol misuse and the over consumption of sugary soft drinks imposes a huge health and economic burden on society. We are very disappointed that the Chancellor has not announced a levy on the tobacco industry or any other measures to further regulate the price of tobacco, alcohol and sugary soft drinks."
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