Why Tax Sugar
Nigeria ranks the 4th highest soft drink consuming country globally (behind the United States, China and Mexico), with over 38 million litres of soft drinks sold yearly.The excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
Sugar-sweetened beverages (soft drinks) contribute to the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Nigeria, including type II diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
A single soft drink bottle contains staggering amounts of sugar -- up to 12 cubes. Soft drinks are also a major contributing factor to tooth decay and obesity, a risk factor for a host of chronic diseases. A Euromonitor report lists Nigeria as the 4th highest consumer of soft drinks in the world. NCDs have far-reaching economic effects. A significant cause of premature death in people under 40 years, NCDs have the chilling capacity to cut lives short in their prime. This is a setback to economic productivity. In Nigeria, the cost of diabetes care amounts to $4.5 billion per annum. These expenses come to nearly ₦37,000 a month -- more than half the average Nigerian’s monthly earnings.
Many Nigerians who can afford to buy soft drinks cannot afford to treat the chronic diseases associated with drinking them.