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UK Health Forum Comment: Queen’s Speech sets out Government commitment to introduce levy on soft drinks
Date18 May 2016
Year 2016
Commenting on the Government’s commitment to introduce a levy on soft drinks as set out in the Queen’s Speech, Paul Lincoln, Chief Executive of the UK Health Forum said: “The UK Health Forum strongly supports the introduction of the soft drinks industry levy. The amount of sugar contained in soft drinks is a major contributor to childhood obesity and dental disease and must be dramatically reduced. The levy will be a strong incentive for producers to cut the sugar content across their product ranges. It is also a clear signal that the Government is prepared to act on the drivers of the obesity crisis and the colossal national toll of obesity- 
related diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. We know that this levy will be popular 
-a recent poll of UK adults showed that 55% would support a tax on sugary drinks. (1).” 
Notesto editors: 
Contact: Paul Lincoln, CEO or Jane Landon, Deputy CEO  T: +44 (0) 20 7832 6920 
1. YouGov survey for Cancer Research UK. 2016. 
2. The UK Health Forum (UKHF) is a charitable alliance of professional and public interest organisations working to reduce the risk of avoidable non-communicable diseases by developing evidence-based public health policy and supporting its implementation through advocacy a 
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