Antigua and Barbuda Government Plans New Legislation to Tax Sugary Beverages by October 2024

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The Antigua and Barbuda government is considering a tax of up to 30 percent on sugary beverages, hopeful for implementation by October 2024, to promote healthier lifestyles.

Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph announced plans to encourage physical activity and reduce costs for healthier food options, such as fruits and vegetables, by potentially eliminating existing taxes on these items.

Joseph suggested that revenue from the sugary beverage tax could fund physical activity programs in schools. He emphasized that adequate consultation with stakeholders will occur before implementation.

The WHO, in 2022, advocated for taxing sugar-sweetened beverages to improve health outcomes, citing benefits such as disease prevention, health equity, and revenue generation.

Regular consumption of sugary drinks is linked to various health issues, including dental cavities, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

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