Taxing unhealthy food and drinks to improve health

  title={Taxing unhealthy food and drinks to improve health},
  author={Oliver T Mytton and Dushy Clarke and Mike Rayner},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
An increasing number of countries are introducing taxes on unhealthy food and drinks, but will they improve health? Oliver Mytton, Dushy Clarke, and Mike Rayner examine the evidence 
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