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Assessing the impacts of the introduction of South Africa’s tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

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In response to an increasingly severe obesity and diet-related disease burden, on April 1 2018 South Africa implemented a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages titled the Health Promotion Levy (HPL). Like the UK’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), this tax is levied according to the sugar content of beverages. Unlike the UK’s SDIL , the HPL does not use discrete rate tiers and is rather levied at a constant rate per gram of sugar (over an initial threshold). This presentation will highlight findings from an ongoing evaluation of the HPL emphasizing heterogeneity in effects by products’ sugar content and heterogeneity in household responses by socio-economic status.

This talk is part of the MRC Epidemiology and CEDAR Seminars series.

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