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NY Times: W.H.O. Urges Tax on Sugary Drinks to Fight Obesity

Article published: Oct 11, 2016 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary

IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (negative externalities of consumption)

The World Health Organization urges countries to introduce taxes on sugary drinks.

Quote from the article: “If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives,” Dr. Douglas Bettcher, director of the W.H.O.’s Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, said in a statement. “They can also cut health care costs.

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