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Unlike the city of Seattle soda tax, the statewide proposed bill would tax diet drinks as well. ©GettyImages/Kwangmoozaa

Seattle sweetened beverage tax could spread statewide

By Mary Ellen Shoup

A bill from February 2017 has been reintroduced to the Washington State Legislature, calling for a two-cent-per-fluid-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages throughout the state.

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NHS England move to ban 'sugary drinks' in hospitals

By Will Chu

Plans by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to ban sales of sugar-sweetened drinks in hospitals in England have been backed by the British Soft Drink Association (BSDA), who praised the decision to include all sugar-added drinks.

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Bermuda launches sugar tax consultation

By Rachel Arthur

Bermuda has launched a public consultation for its proposed sugar tax, which would cover sugar-sweetened beverages, candies and plain sugar.

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Jamie Oliver leads calls to ban energy drink sales to U16s

By Rachel Arthur

Celebrity chef and health campaigner Jamie Oliver is calling on the UK government to ban sales of energy drinks to U16s. Meanwhile, supermarket Waitrose has announced that customers buying high caffeine energy drinks must prove they are over 16 years...

Seattle soda tax comes into effect

Seattle soda tax comes into effect

By Rachel Arthur

Seattle has introduced its tax on sugar sweetened beverages this month, while researchers from the University of Washington have been tasked with assessing the effectiveness of the measure over the next four years.

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