Thursday 4 July 2019 3:07 AM UTC
LONDON July 4: Boris Johnson has pledged to halt hikes on so-called sin taxes, which include levies on tobacco, alcohol and sugar. The Conservative Party leadership frontrunner says he will review the effectiveness of taxes on unhealthy products if he becomes the UK’s next Prime Minister.
He also wants to find out if the levies unfairly hit people on low incomes and says he wont introduce any more until the review has been completed.
His campaign gives taxes on fatty, salty and sugary foods as an example but his team have not yet said if the review would include levies on cigarettes and alcohol.
The news coincides with the launch of a high profile Cancer Research UK campaign warning obesity causes more cases of certain cancers than cigarettes.
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