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PAHO Encourages Caribbean Countries to Tax Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Taxes on tobacco, alcoholic and sweetened beverages can help reduce
consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to
improve the health of the Caribbean population. The Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is encouraging
Caribbean authorities to adopt these tax measures, which can contribute
to reducing the burden of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular
diseases and cancer, and their devastating social and economic
consequences.

Implementing taxes on the consumption of unhealthy products requires
decisions by health authorities as well as finance authorities who
design tax policies. To that end, PAHO/WHO is bringing together health
and finance officials from 17 countries and territories for the
Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Alcohol, Tobacco..

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PAHO Encourages Caribbean Countries to Tax Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages