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Laws and taxes

Laws can play an important role in shaping attitudes and reinforcing behaviour to protect health and reduce risks, especially when coupled with education and enforcement. Laws which ban drinking and driving, texting while driving, and smoking in public places make it safer for all of us and create new social norms for what is acceptable behaviour.

Laws and Taxes graphicTaxes are another way in which governments can influence behaviour. When the price of alcohol or tobacco goes up, consumption goes down – especially among young people. Many governments are now looking at increasing taxes on sugar sweetened drinks, like pop and fruit drinks. Sugar sweetened drinks are a leading culprit in the growing number of people – from children to seniors – who are overweight or obese.

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