Poland introduces special tax for sugar drinks and ‘malpkis

Poland introduces a special tax for unhealthy drinks and small bottles of alcoholic beverages. From 2021 onwards, soft drinks with added sugars, caffeine and taurine will be taxed at a rate of around ten euro cents per litre. Taurine is a non-essential nutrient that is present in very large quantities in energy drinks.

The sugar tax was actually supposed to be introduced last July, but the Ministry of Health postponed it because of the corona crisis. Polish president Andrzej Duda signed the law this week to promote a healthier lifestyle of his population.

Poland is not the first European country to introduce a sugar tax. In 2018, the United Kingdom already introduced such a tax, after which producers quickly adjusted the sugar content of their soft drinks.

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The proceeds of the new taxes should benefit health projects.