And they said it wasn't a slippery slope...

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According to Reuters:

"Fat tax" could save 3,200 lives each year:

By Peter Griffiths

LONDON (Reuters) - A "fat tax" on salty, sugary and fatty foods could save thousands of lives each year, according to a study published on Thursday.

Researchers at Oxford University say that charging Value Added Tax (VAT) at 17.5 percent on foods deemed to be unhealthy would cut consumer demand and reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes.

The purchase tax is already levied on a small number of products such as potato crisps, ice cream, confectionery and chocolate biscuits, but most food is exempt.

The move could save an estimated 3,200 lives in Britain each year, according to the study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

"A well-designed and carefully-targeted fat tax could be a useful tool for reducing the burden of food-related disease," the study concluded.

The team from Oxford's Department of Public Health said higher taxes have already been imposed on cigarettes and alcohol to encourage healthy living.

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSL1254236520070712?feedType...

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Too much taxation!!! Next, someone will want to tax carbohydrates.

I guess we'd call them "tax rolls".

A tax in the UK tends to make sense as the National Health Service is funded by the government and while the Tories want less spending they also the same level of medical service when more and more people are using the system.

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Told ya so. I think it's going to be funny, hearing the people who loved the smoking ban, laughed about it, bitch about taxes on their junk food. Will be even funnier if they're fat. I don't buy much junk food anyway. But we knew it was coming - as soon as people started the slippery slope with a smoking ban, THAT was the easy part, but it opened the doors to this nonsense. Darkseid, me & others tried to say it'd happen, and the anti smokers (which are NOT the same as non-smokers) mocked us, saying we were nuts, implied we were buying into a conspiracy theory or something.

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I'm not surprised little shane is still such a twit. I AM surprised he HAS a girlfriend. Bet she doesn't stick around for long - he is always arrogant & self righteous, can't imagine any female wanting to be in the same room with him very long, even a non smoking female. Get OVER yourself shane. (wasn't shane gone for a while?)

I'm not going to even get into it with ya shane - waste of time. But you are WRONG - this would NOT be happening if a smoking ban did not occur first. Yes, the article was a foreign country - but the POINT was, that foreign country has already PASSED a smoking ban, well before Ohio did. It's all part of the same playbook, it's easy to find said playbook. Go to any smokers rights site & look up the files & data. You're clearly too dense to 'get' it. Instead, you get your rocks off trying to dazzle with your latin skills. We are not impressed.

"Conclusion
The public health and economic efficiency approaches to choosing a role for government often reach opposite conclusions. From the public health perspective, the potential for illness or injury is sufficient to justify government action; large numbers of deaths or illnesses are more compelling reasons for government action. The dollar value of benefits and costs derived from government programs does not necessarily enter the public health decision calculus. Alternatively, economic efficiency demands that proposed government programs clear two hurdles. First, there must be an efficiency problem for government to solve. Second, a corrective program must be worth the cost."

http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/aib747/aib74708.pdf

http://toledoohioneighborhoodconcerns.com/blog

You beat me to it! LOL Good thing I saw your thread before I went and put it up, too.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

Are you serious?

1. This is a FOREIGN COUNTRY. Not America. If Bangledesh outlaws Starbucks on alternating wednesdays, is that an example of the "slippery slope" created by Ohios smoking ban? No? Then how is THIS?

2. EVERYTHING is a slippery slope. Two phrases to remember: Correlation does not imply causation & Post hoc ergo propter hoc (After this therefor because of it). The latin phrase is a common logical FALLACY. One that you've bought into hook, line and sinker.

Even _IF_ a measure is put in front of Ohio voters to outlaw fatty foods or chewing gum or polka dots or whatever, it has nothing to do with the smoking ban, and it very well may have happened if there was no smoking ban proposed, or if it failed.

3. "saying we were nuts, implied we were buying into a conspiracy theory or something."

Ehh... yeah.. that's about right :)

Cheers!

PS. I was in the Disgracery last week because the girlfriends sister wanted to meet there for her birthday. I try to avoid that place, even when I lived off Heatherdowns, but I've been known to frequent... Anyway, it seemed to be doing a fine amount of business. We had a hard time getting a table at first--well before the band went on--and the bar area was (like usual) full.

Not too bad! Good thing that smoking ban failed or we'd have a lot of trouble getting people out to the bars.

...... Oh, wait...

...since I was the original poster, I can tell you that my intent was one of information as well as being a bit of 'tongue in cheek' about how ridiculous things can get..."some of the truest things are said in jest" sort of thing...

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How many lives would be saved annually by a tax on Arrogance?

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BRING THE TROOPS HOME-NOW!

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"They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq.Why don't we give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, and we're not using it any more".

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

The Distillery recently built a patio, which I think helps a lot of these bars attract the smokers. I have been to the Disillery two Saturday evenings in the past month and both times it was the most empty I've ever seen it. I was hoping that things would get better for them.

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