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Thailand's 'war on sugar' aims to slim people and fatten coffers

New tax hits exports worth some $9m for producers like Pepsi and Coke, says USDA

Thailand's sugar tax is aimed at fighting obesity and encouraging soft drink makers to introduce more low-sugar products

BANGKOK -- Faced with rising obesity rates, as well as health care costs that are ballooning nearly as fast as people's waistlines, the Thai government has introduced an excise tax aimed at nudging beverage makers into making less sugary drinks.

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