Heart Foundation of Jamaica to keep pressing for sugary drinks tax

June 6, 2019

190606jamaicassbtaxThe Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) says that despite opposition, it will not relent in its campaign for the Government to institute a tax on sugary drinks in a bid to encourage healthier manufacturing and consumption habits to reduce the prevalence and impact of non-communicable diseases.

"The call for the tax on sugary drinks initially came from the from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government, CARICOM health ministers, and ministries of health globally. This is not a Debbie Chen-Heart Foundation episode," HFJ Executive Director Deborah Chen said at a Lions Club of Kingston meeting yesterday .

"Our mandate is to protect the heart health of this nation. It would be remiss of us to hide behind desks and be afraid to step out to get change. Change is never easy, and as advocate, you are in the firing line, but we are not daunted. We know it is the right thing to do. We need a tax on sugary beverages," Chen insisted.  Read the full story at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20190606/heart-foundation-keep-pressing-sugary-drinks-tax