Winning! Saudi Arabia joins the sugar tax movement

By Phoebe McCreath |

I Quit Sugar - Winning! Saudi Arabia joins the sugar tax movement

While most of us were relaxing over the weekend, Saudi Arabia was getting busy.

On June 11, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced a 50 per cent tax on all high sugar and carbonated beverages.

This movement is an attempt to reduce obesity and growing waistlines which are pressing health issues in the UAE. It is expected to raise A$2.4 billion which will be put back into public health.

Saudi Arabia also introduced a 100% tax on tobacco.

The rest of the UAE is planning to implement the tax from October 1 this year.

Which country do you think should join the movement next?

Please be respectful of other participants in the conversation. We'd love you to keep your comments respectful, friendly and relevant. Differences of opinion are welcome, but trolling and abuse of other commentators and the IQS editorial team is not and will result in blacklisting.

Latest tweets
Join our 1,400,000 followers!
IQS newsletter freebie
Simply Sweet Treats

Join our newsletter for the
best IQS tips, tricks and recipes
+ a free eBook!

Please enter a valid email address
Please enter a valid name