Soft drink surtax proposed
A coalition of health and education experts is repeating its call for the Quebec government to introduce a sugar tax on softdrinks and so-called "energy drinks".
The Quebec Coalition on Weight Problems says a three-cent-per-litre surcharge on the producers of soft drinks, and a dollar a litre surcharge on energy drinks would raise 33-million dollars in its first year It says the province could use that revenue to provide more and better food in its schools, notably in poorer neighbourhoods. Cardiologist Doctor Martin Juneau says sugar-added drinks are the leading cause of obesity among children who he malents will pay for their sweet tooth later in life, through numerous health problems, including diabetes and all manner of cariovascular disease.
The Coalition says obesity costs the Canadian economy about 30-billion dollars a year in health costs and lost productivity.