Ninety Percent Of Jamaicans Support Government Action On Sugary Drinks

by September 10th, 2018

Nine in ten Jamaicans are in support of the Government taking action to tackle rising obesity in the island.


There is also strong support of a tax on sugary drinks to aid the fight.


This is according to an opinion survey conducted by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, following the launch of the ‘Are You Drinking Yourself Sick?’ campaign done in collaboration with the Health Ministry.


Speaking at a ceremony where the findings of the survey were released this morning, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said the data revealed that Jamaicans support policy change by the government.



Dr. Tufton says a large part of the population supports a sugary drinks tax.



Meanwhile, the Health Minister is calling on manufacturers to embrace the health and wellness approach that is being pushed by his ministry.


Dr. Tufton said manufacturers need to have a mind-set change in the interest of the health and wellness of their consumers.



Dr. Tufton noted that consultations with manufacturers have been on-going and most have expressed their support for the new initiatives, even while they are not in full agreement with the ministry’s approach.


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