Campaigns and Issues

First Call endorses sugary drinks levy


First Call has endorsed a call put forward by Vancouver’s Childhood Obesity Foundation and others to impost a levy on sugary drink manufacturers.

New research from University of Waterloo shows that sugary drink consumption will result in more than 63,000 premature deaths over the next 25 years, and that a 20% excise levy on the manufacturers of sugary drinks over that same period will save more than 13,000 lives as well as healthcare costs of over $50 billion.

Endorsements can be sent before August 16 to Dr. Tom Warshawski or Elizabeth Holmes at the Canadian Cancer Society.