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Studying additional tariffs on sugary beverages and junk food: DOH

The amount of additional taxes to be imposed on sugar-sweetened beverages and junk food is currently being researched by the Department of Health (DOH).

This is what we are currently studying, how much do we still need because we know we get sin taxes from alcohol, tobacco, heated tobacco products, and vape products, said DOH officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in an online media briefing on Friday. “It po ‘yung pinag-aaralan pa rin natin sa ngayon, magkano ‘yung kailangan pa natin dahil alam

Sin taxes made for almost 59 percent, or PHP155 billion, of the DOH’s 2022 budget, according to Vergeire.

So, she continued, “Ganito po ‘yung gusto nating makita (this is what we want to see happen) in the coming years that these sin taxes may finance the various initiatives that we conduct to offer Universal Health Care for everyone.

According to data from the nation, obesity is already a public health issue because it has increased steadily from 31% in 2015 to 37% in 2018.

She mentioned that sugary drinks and fast food could cause obesity since they influence people’s lifestyles.

There are studies that show when youngsters start eating these foods, they grow up obese and are at risk for non-communicable diseases. “May mga pag-aaral na kapag ang bata naumpisahan sa mga ganitong klaseng pagkain paglaki nila obese din sila at pumapasok na ‘yung mga risk nila sa iba’t

When the Sin Tax Law was established in 2012, the number of smokers in the nation fell from 30% to 24%, according to data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey.

The Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s Expanded Nutrition Survey data revealed that the nation’s smoking prevalence decreased from 31% in 2008 to 20% in 2019.

In addition to providing funding, Vergeire claimed that sin taxes assist the DOH in regulating and controlling lifestyle risk factors like smoking and drinking, which result in non-communicable diseases and add to the burden on the nation’s economy.


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