Tax sugar, says Juffa

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NORTHERN Governor Gary Juffa is determined to table a private members’ bill on a sugar tax, saying sugar was more harmful to health than tobacco.
“Sugar is just as bad if not more dangerous than tobacco and cigarettes and harms and kills more than tobacco and alcohol combined,” he said.
Juffa said the national health cost and toll on human resources caused by high sugar levels in the blood were significant and could not be ignored because lives can directly or indirectly be affected.
He said Mexico had imposed such a tax and was now reaping dual benefits of an improving overall national health and increased revenue.
Juffa said a tax would significantly discourage consumption of soft drinks, sweets and other unhealthy food and beverages and reduce the cost of health and people will be more healthier and live longer.
It would also encourage consumption of local fruit and vegetables.
Juffa says he had obtained details of laws of similar taxes and would have a bill prepared for parliament to consider sooner than later
Meanwhile, he urged the Government to establish an intelligence driven tax effort to pinpoint tax avoiders in the forestry and fisheries property and consultancy areas of business.
Juffa said this would help to avoid penalising already compliant tax payers.
Police commander Chief Inspector Lincoln Gerari last month suggested a ban on the sale of sugar as it was a contributing factor to homebrew production.

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