Tax sugary drinks in Canada, urges Diabetes Association

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) has proposed a tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages as a way reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes.

Washington DC: The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) has proposed a tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages as a way reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes.

The association called on all the federal parties to support the proposal of tax on sugary drinks, pointing out the countries, like France and Mexico, who have already introduced a similar tax to discourage soft drinks' consumption, CBC News reports.

The association also called for two other initiatives, which include a national pharmacare program to help patients pay for their medications and expanding the disability tax credit to people with Type 1 diabetes.

According to the association, an estimated 10 million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes, which cost them 14 billion dollars in health care and economic costs.

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