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Montreal, Aug. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Starting tomorrow, the Newfoundland and Labrador government will implement a 20 per liter tax on sugary drinks.. This initiative, which protects the health of the population, testifies to the audacity of the province.

For several years, the Quebec coalition on weight issues (Weight Coalition), Capsane and the Canadian Cancer Society recall the importance of introducing a tax on sugary drinks in Qubec. These products represent the main source of sugar for the Quebec population. However, their overconsumption is associated with many health consequences, such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and dental or bone problems.

To deal with this problem, more than fifty countries have already decided to go ahead with the taxation of sugary drinks. While promising and convincing international experiences are multiplying, the Weight Coalition is delighted that a first Canadian province is following suit, says Corinne Voyer, director of the Weight Coalition.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest contributor of sugar to Canadians’ diets. A healthy diet, with plenty of vegetables, fruit and fiber and low in added sugar, helps reduce the risk of cancer. Specific taxes are an effective way to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks. We commend the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for taking action to encourage healthier beverage choices and for being the first to introduce a tax on sugary drinks, and we hope to see other governments follow suit. the same, points out David Raynaud, manager? Public interest advocacy at the Canadian Cancer Society.

The taxation of sugary drinks frees up considerable sums to reinvest in prevention. According to a study published in 2021, a tax on sugary drinks, up to 20 per litre, would generate more than $50 million each year in Quebec. The revenue from the taxation of sugary drinks could, for example, support a provincial program offering food stamps intended for vulnerable households to facilitate access to fresh fruits and vegetables, adds Ms. Voyer.

This is a very promising measure for reducing pressure on the healthcare system, allowing substantial savings in the medium and long term and quickly generating income to invest in prevention. The equation is simple, every dollar invested in prevention offers an excellent return on investment. We hope that the example of our neighbors in the Maritimes will watch over our decision-makers in Qubec and that they, in turn, use fiscal levers to benefit the health of the population,” concludes Guy Desrosiers, CEO of Capsana.

About the Quebec Coalition on Weight Issues
Created in 2006 and sponsored by the Association pour la santé publique du Qubec (ASPQ)* since 2008, the Qubec Coalition on the Problem of Weight brings together more than 700 partners who aim to adopt public policies with regard to problems related to weight. It acts to promote the establishment of environments that facilitate healthy choices and the prevention of weight problems. For more details,

*The ASPQ brings together citizens and partners to make sustainable health a priority. Since 1943, it has been documenting, informing, raising awareness and mobilizing to promote health and prevent various diseases.

About Capsana
Capsana is a social purpose organization owned by the PIC Foundation, which is linked to the Montreal Heart Institute, and by the PSI Foundation. Known to the general public thanks to the annual Health Challenge campaign, among other things, its mission is to help individuals become actors in their own health. To learn more, visit

About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charitable organization supporting people affected by all types of cancer, in communities across the country. No other organization does the same as us. We are the voice of women and men who have heart cancer. We fund innovative research projects, we provide a support network for everyone affected by cancer, and we promote the adoption of health policies that help prevent cancer and support people who have the disease.

For all interview requests, contact:

Corinne Voyer
Director, Quebec Coalition on the Problem of Weight
Telephone: 514598-8058 ext. 242
Cell: 514566-4605
[email protected]

Guy Desrosiers
CEO, Capsana
Phone: 514-985-2466 ext. 231
[email protected]

David Raynaud
Administrator ? Public Interest Advocacy, Canadian Cancer Society
Phone: 438-764-8390
[email protected]

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