- At least that's the governments position
Some argue that these items need to be taxed to place less burden on the health system.
Dangerous argument to say people can't eat or do things because it will cost the health system. The health system is there to server people, not people there to serve the health system.
Taxing sugar is part of the tax everything mentality.
They can't even agree on which foods are the unhealthy choices. This tax is poorly thought out - if you gather ten experts to tell you what food is the worst for us then you will get fifteen opinions!
Some people object to taxing to cause avoidance, where will their tax money go? They don't want to give it to the Government
Taxing sugar disproportionately affects the poor.
Type 1 diabetics need sugar occasionally to raise blood glucose level. This will negatively affect them.
The truth is tax is a blunt instrument that has a lot of collateral damage hurting all sorts of innocents along the way.
In the 19th century sugar was taxed highly. So highly, people in the working classes could not afford it. This meant people tried substitutes instead. This lead to there 1858 Bradford sweets poisoning. Arsenic was used and 200 people died. This was a major factor in the repeal of the tax. While it is unlikely that people will die from modern substitutes, they might cause diabetes, cancer or other hard to detect issues.
Denmark has considered dropping its fat tax 1 year after implementing it.
How can we justify having a tobacco and alcohol taxes if we do not also have a fat tax?
They're not arguing over which foods are unheathy but which are unhealthiest & thus should be the prime target
"Some of my favourite foods are high in fat, something that makes them delicious. For instance a well-matured Camembert is, for me, an absolute delight. The fat levels would make a Big Mac look healthy. Being a grown up, I have the sense to eat it rarely."
How long before the government here introduces such a tax? and a sugar tax, and a salt tax, and a fish tax (fish stocks are after all diminishing), a soft drinks tax, a chocolate tax...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/12197331/Sugar-tax-could-increase-calories-people-consume-economic-experts-warn.html Sugar tax on drinks
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/should-we-have-a-sugar-tax-in-new-zealand/14640806/We-need-a-sugar-tax-for-manufacturers How a sugar tax should be applied