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After the World Health Organization suggested a 20% tax on sugary beverages for all countries, Portugal announced three days later a plan for a sugar tax on soft drinks for 2017, estimated to raise 80 million euros for public health services.
Sugary drinks other than sodas like flavored milks or fruit juices will not be taxed, however all sodas are planned to be taxed that have a sugar content above 80 grams per litre.
Back in November 2015, Portugal’s center-right government tried to introduce a tax on sugar, drinks and foods that contained high amounts of sugars or too much salts but the efforts fell unnoticed.
Trying again the political battles will fuel out the battle to determine the sugar tax and ultimately impact the future health of their country.
Continued conversations of how sugary beverages like soda increase health risks of heart disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are being discussed in countries throughout the world, increasing talks about future soda taxes.
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