Big Soda, small steps: Philip Hammond must extend pop tax to sweets

As the US dumps its last levy on sugary drinks, Ireland introduces one and the UK chancellor ponders the rival claims of health and industry lobbyists

In the battle between Big Soda and health campaigners, it is far from clear who is winning. Wednesday is World Obesity Day, marking yet another depressing milestone in a global epidemic where the US and the UK are bursting at the forefront. But America’s only major levy on fizzy drinks (in Chicago, affecting more than 5m people) has been dumped following a ‘Can The Tax’ campaign.

However, in another country that shares Britain and America’s expanding waistlines, the Irish chancellor introduced a sugar tax on Wednesday that will add 30c (27p) to a litre of pop in the Republic.

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