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Taxing junk food: applying the logic of the Henry tax review to food.
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PMID:  20955126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The recent review of taxation in Australia - the Henry tax review - has recommended that the federal government increase the taxes already levied on tobacco and alcohol. Tobacco and alcohol taxes are put forward as the best way of reducing the social harms caused by the use and misuse of these substances. Junk foods have the same pattern of misuse and the same social costs as tobacco and alcohol. The Henry tax review rejects the idea of taxing fatty foods, and to date the government has not implemented a tax on junk food. We propose that a tax on junk food be implemented as a tool to reduce consumption and address the obesity epidemic.
Molly E Bond; Michael J Williams; Brad Crammond; Bebe Loff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  193     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-19     Completed Date:  2010-11-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  472-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Australia / epidemiology
Food / economics*
Obesity / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Taxes / legislation & jurisprudence*

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