This Week: Should the country impose a luxury tax on soft drinks? The Viet Nam Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Association (VBA) recently proposed that the State administration impose a 10 percent-tax on carbonated beverages, otherwise known as soft drinks. In a proposal sent to the National Assembly, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance, the VBA said carbonated beverages contain a level of acidity that is 100,000 times higher than normal water, which can lead to obesity. According to the document, a reaction between the drinks’ saturated carbon dioxide (CO2) with acid in the body creates pressure on the stomach and intestines; and is especially harmful to those who suffer from ulcers. Currently, domestic beverage companies have chosen to focus on non-carbonated drink products, leaving the carbonated drinks to the production of foreign giants. Viet Nam’s annual per capita consumption of soft drinks rose sharply in recent years, from three litres in 2007 to 23 litres at present, according to experts. Countries that have imposed a tax on soft drinks include 33 states in the US and France. Do you think the country should impose a tax on soft drinks? If prices go up, would this…
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