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Southeast Asian sugar taxes: Bitter pills for better health

Campaigns to avoid runaway medical costs create side effects for companies and farms

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE -- Azlan Sohoni, a 47-year-old Singaporean, starts his day with a cup of Nestle's Milo chocolate malt drink, sweetened with one and a half teaspoons of sugar. At work, he downs five cans of Coca-Cola and a few more cups of Milo. He doesn't like Diet Coke and Coke Zero.

"I'm aware that drinking too much is not good for health, but I'm used to drinking sweet stuff," Sohoni said.

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