December 13, 2017 5:00 am
Updated: December 13, 2017 2:15 pm

Bob Layton Editorial: Sugar time

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As we wait to see if the government is sweet on the idea of a sugar tax in Alberta, I suggested that instead, they should go after the manufacturers of sugar sweetened drinks, or we could do it ourselves.

We could all stop drinking pop for a month and see if the makers would get the money message and cut down on sugar.

READ MORE: Majority of Albertans support tax on pop, other sugary drinks: survey


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A letter from Ken and Sharon says they don’t think a tax would work, because people are addicted to sugar. They suggest combining a tax with education and ostracism.

You mean ostracism, like the way we temporarily invite smokers to step outside the workplace?

Should education about where self-inflicted health problems come from be in the same instructional category as smoking?

Proper education is always right. Others ask if high-sugar pop and other treats should be removed from vending machines that cater to youth.

READ MORE: Are sugar taxes a cash grab or do they prompt healthier choices?

Ken and Sharon are correct in saying we have a dietary crisis and something needs to be done.

Others will say everyone should back off and let people live how they want, healthy or not.

Let me know what you say.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations and a commentator for Global News.

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