Under 16s To Be Banned From Buying Energy Drinks In The UK

By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

No more Monster, no more Bull.

This is in accordance with a new Health Bill that would be passed, keeping in mind the negative impacts of energy drinks on kids. The Health Secretary, in a leaked letter to The Sun, has mentioned that a new age restriction would be imposed on such, to have a crackdown on kids purchasing it- legally, or illegally.

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Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary in question, has decided this to be a precautionary measure.

But on the other hand, this might bring in a kerfuffle with the country’s Treasury, owing to the revenue that will be lost on retailers. This is the latest in a series of new laws and bills passed.

In this month itself, Boris Johnson promised to stop hikes in so-called sin taxes- tobacco, sugar, and alcohol. He also committed to checking if the high rate of tax would affect those with a lower income heavily. 

Must be mentioned, Boris Johnson is in the race to be the new Prime Minister following Theresa May’s flagging support.

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The Tory MP has also decided not to bring about any new tax, or amend on the previous ones until the review’s been completely meted out. Also, he considered the Brexit to be the perfect time to check their tax efficiency and policy. His campaign was mostly against the high tax imposed on salt, sugar and fat, but his team didn’t provide any comment on the equally high tax on alcohol and cigarettes.

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To aid Matt Hancock, Dame Sully Davis, the Chief Medical Officer has given her full support to his decision. In her report, due to be published in September, she wants to incentivize positive, healthy food by increasing the price of unhealthy food. of would also tackle child obesity problems, she mentions. 

The tax on sugar in soft beverages had been brought out the previous year to quite unanimous support from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

 

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