We now have two newer addictions - sugar and fat. These are the major cause of Diabetes 2, which is responsible for the biggest percentage increase in our health budget.Why don't we just tax people more for not exercising? We could microchip each child at birth and monitor their kilojoule usage, and how many calories they've burned.
Introducing a tax on them will not only reduce these addictions, but provide funds to handle the increasing cost of them.
The simplest tax to administer is an excise tax on sugar and its related products.
And the comparison in the article between tobacco and sugar is specious, and ill-founded. Tobacco is not used in products we need to survive: Food. It is a luxury - a want - rather than a need. We don't tax water - unless Falkenstein wants us to.
Taxing people for use of products people need to survive is mental. Due to that mentalness, I expect Labour to pick it up immediately.