Should snacks be taxed?
Yesterday, lawmakers in France proposed raising the tax on chocolate, chips and other snacks from 5.5% to almost 20% whle reducing taxes on fruits and veggies from 5.5% to 2% in an effort to reduce childhood obesity.
Would a higher tax on unhealthy foods make you eat better?
I think this is a very interesting concept. It makes me wonder why there isn't a tax already. There is a cigarette tax. Why not a high tax for potatp chips or McDonalds. While most people would have major issues on raising taxes for goodies, I think majority of us wouldn't mind a break for fresh produce. This certainly would decreases barriers related to access. All in all I would say It would be easier to eat healthier if there was a higher price for chips and candy. But then again I love fruits and veggies and have a tendency to be tight with my money.
Source: USA Today