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NCD commission split over sugar tax

More involvement from heads of state and a fund to catalyze financing are among the recommendations in an expert report on combating noncommunicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The group stopped short of backing a tax on sugary drinks, a reflection of the rifts between its members.

The World Health Organization believes imposing a tax on sugary drinks and other refined sugar products could help tackle noncommunicable diseases. But is a so-called "sin tax" — also referred to as a “health tax” or “STAX” (sugar, tobacco and alcohol tax) — just a bandaid for a much bigger problem? Does it disproportionately impact poorer people? And is it unfairly punishing an industry? Watch above as Devex takes a closer look.

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  • Rebecca Root

    Rebecca Root is a Reporter and Editorial Associate at Devex producing news stories, video, and podcasts as well as partnership content. She has a background in finance, travel, and global development journalism and has written for a variety of publications while living and working in New York, London, and Barcelona.
  • Naomi Mihara

    Naomi Mihara is a Video Journalist for Devex, based in Barcelona. She has a background in journalism and international development, having previously worked as an assistant correspondent for Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper and as a communications officer for the International Organization for Migration in Southeast Asia. She holds a master's degree in multimedia journalism from Bournemouth University.

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