Tagged: Affordability

NEWS: WHO Launched New Webpage for Health Taxes

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new webpage for health taxes. The website consists of what health taxes are, their impact and the design of health taxes. It consists of resources including fact sheets, data, guidelines, WHO resolutions and WHO teams on health taxes…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol Use Increasing Problem

Alcohol use is an increasing problem in Poland. According to the State Agency for Solving Alcohol Problems, in 2018 the average Pole drank over 11 liters of pure alcohol. In 2000 it was 8 liters, which is a large amount. In a discussion with alcohol policy expert Krzysztof Brzózka, the Super Express uncovers the alcohol problem in Poland…

NEWS: Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

The Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains alcohol policy updates about Finland and alcohol harm in workplaces, South Korea and new alcohol marketing regulation, Wales and the scheduled introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing, Ireland and new alcohol advertising bans, and latest initiatives to research health promotion taxation. Fresh science updates are about: New data on alcohol use and harm in OECD countries, a compelling analysis of the costs of alcohol in Sweden, analysis of the burden of “deaths of despair” in the United States, as well as an exploration of the impact of parental alcohol use on children. The Big Alcohol monitor exposes: Diageo’s strategy for market domination in India, why Big Alcohol opposes road safety measures in India, why a major Dutch bank has completely divested from the alcohol industry, and that Big Alcohol belongs to the top plastic polluters in the world. On our Global Voices Blog Portal, Kalle writes about new EU rules and what they mean for alcohol retail monopolies in Scandinavia. And in Upcoming events we alert you about GAPC 2020, and summerLEAHP 2020…

NEWS: Research Overview: Taxing Harmful Commodities

The Center for Global Development (CGD) has compiled an useful overview of organizations conducting research into taxing harmful commodities, including tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks.
From the CGD overview, it is evident that in comparison to tobacco taxation research initiatives and even compared to research in sugar-sweetened beverage research, much more needs to be done with regards to alcohol taxation. Research initiatives appear to be much scarcer in the field of alcohol taxation, and originate only from the World Health Organization…

NEWS: OECD: Alcohol Use, Health Risks Overview

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its “Health at a Glance” review for 2019. The review shows that alcohol continues to be one of the main causes of preventable mortality in OECD countries together with ischaemic heart disease, road accidents and lung cancer. The OECD also found that unhealthy lifestyles – notably smoking, alcohol use and obesity – are the root cause of many chronic health conditions, cutting lives short and worsening quality of life…

NEWS: Wales Parliament: Introduce MUP in 2020

The Welsh Parliament will be introducing minimum unit pricing (MUP) from 2020 after it was passed through the National Assembly. According to the new legislation alcohol can not be sold below the minimum price of 50p. Scotland was the first country in the world to bring in minimum unit pricing for alcohol in 2018…

NEWS: Australia Talks About Alcohol

ABC’s national survey “Australia Talks” reveals Australians believe alcohol is one of the biggest issues the country faces as a nation.
The survey polled more than 54,000 people across Australia, finding that alcohol (and other drugs) is one of the top three issues respondents identified. 90% of the people believe alcohol and other drug issues are some of the major problems in the country…

REPORT: Alcohol and “Deaths of Despair”

Alcohol plays a prominent role in deaths of despair, contributing to overdoses, suicides, and liver disease, as well as to a broad range of other disease states that lead to mortality. Alcohol use is increasing among middle-aged adults in the United States and is more common when people are faced with stressful circumstances…

NEWS: France: Flavored Wine Tax Approved by the Senate

French MPs have approved creation of a higher tax for wines with extra flavouring. These include widely available Rosé Pamplemousse or White Pêche wines. Accordingly these wines can be taxed at the higher level of €3 per decilter of alcohol, which will add around €1.50 to the cost of a 75cl bottle…

NEWS: Philippines: NCDs Cause Massive Economic Loss

In Philippines, NCDs are causing massive economic loss of P756.5 billion according to a new report Philippine Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) Investment Case Report states the loss includes the direct costs of NCDs involving treatment, care and social security and indirect costs from various factors, such as lower productivity and loss of the workforce. P756.5 billion is equivalent to 4.8% of the country’s GDP…