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The sugar tax is back

August 27, 2009
The Finnish government has decided to reinstate the so-called "sugar tax" on candy and pop (sweets and softdrinks, soda…<insert your word here>) at the beginning of 2010. I am pleased to hear this as the sugar consumption culture is out of control in this country. You may recall a rant I had last year, asking why it costs so much to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.!6822918775CA7A47!655.entry
It should be easier to do that than to sit around eating bonbons all day! (I’m exaggerating with that last statement… Tongue out)
In any case, Finnish health experts and dentists are no doubt cheering the decision, as will the government officials who are seeking more money for the country’s coffers. It will be interesting to see whether the re-instated tax will have measurable and lasting effects on the teeth and waistlines of Finland’s people.
There is no doubt, candy and pop are cheap here; much cheaper than the healthier alternatives available in the stores.
Birthday cake
UPDATE: Helsingin Sanomat ran a news piece in its weekly section about the "surprise" return of the sugar tax:
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Nina permalink
    September 1, 2009 8:16 am

    I’m with you! Unfortunately the sugar, lemonade and candy industries (and Kelloggs, etc carb-dense (read: sugar-dense) stuff…) are too big and forceful for the authorities to react the way you’d otherwise expect them to act. One of the key issues, in my opinion, is to admit that fat is better than sugar. Way better, and even necessary in order to avoid too much carbs. But it must be natural fat, no margarine and bad deep-frying oils of course. Regards, Nina W.

  2. anonymous permalink
    February 19, 2012 5:00 pm

    I’d tax monosodiumglutamate instead.
    Sugar is in “parental control” (it’s easy for them to ban it) whereas it would be pretty bad for a parent to limit the amount of food a child eats (which is affected by MSG intake).

    • February 22, 2012 10:43 am

      Actually it would be great if they would just get rid of MSG for good – enough with the chemical crap in our food. I think for the sake of dental health a sugar tax is a good idea. The tax revenue can go to further subsidizing the dental care of all kids under 18 in Finland. At least they would have a good start in their dental lives!

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