Klink considers tax on unhealthy food

24th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2007, THE HAGUE – Public Health Minister Ab Klink wants to look into whether making unhealthy food more expensive would be a useful measure. Together with the business sector he is going to investigate whether people will eat healthier if unhealthy items are more expensive.

24 September 2007

THE HAGUE – Public Health Minister Ab Klink wants to look into whether making unhealthy food more expensive would be a useful measure. Together with the business sector he is going to investigate whether people will eat healthier if unhealthy items are more expensive.

This is contained in a disease prevention plan presented by the minister on Monday. The cabinet has already decided to raise taxes on beer and cigarettes for next year, but Klink wants to know whether tax increases for other products could be effective and useful.

The minister also announced he was working on a new approach to obesity, alcohol abuse and healthy diet. The cabinet already decided earlier to introduce a smoking ban in the catering industry from next year, a ban on alcohol commercials on radio and television before 9 pm, more cooperation between sport clubs and schools and the inclusion of exercise on prescription and courses to quit smoking in the basic health insurance package. If this trial is a success, Klink wants to include more preventative measures in the basic package.

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