France Is Banning Free Refills On Sugary Drinks

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By Cooking Panda

In a bid to reduce obesity in France, a new law officially prohibits spaces catering to the public and restaurants from offering free refills on sugary drinks to customers.

The new law specifically is going after soft drinks, which also includes drinks that contain loads of sugar or sweeteners, such as sports drinks. Additionally, BBC reports that all of those self-service soda-pop fountains, which seem to be a staple in many eateries and family-geared restaurants, will have a soft drinks tax imposed on them in 2018.

If you take a look at this Eurostat survey from 2014, it shows that 15.3 percent of France’s adults are considered obese, which is just below the average of 15.9 percent across the EU as a whole. While that is considerably lower than the 36.5 percent obesity rate that was reported for the U.S., it is still a significant amount.

The new French law is in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendation that urged countries around the world to raise taxes by 20 percent on drinks laden with sugar and sweeteners, according to the BBC. WHO recommends that cutting out sugary drinks could help people fight against obesity and health issues.

This new legislation actually comes five years after France had already passed a tax on soft drinks, so perhaps this new all-you-can-drink ban won’t come as a big shock to many of its citizens.

The U.S., however, has tried to pass similar soda taxes in the past, an attempt that has often been met with negative responses ranging from skepticism to downright outrage from consumers and businesses alike who just can’t seem to give up the sugar-bombs.

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What do you think of the soda ban? Would you be willing to give up your favorite soda in favor of a potentially healthier and longer life? Let us know!

Sources: BBC, Eurostat / Photo Credit: Alexis Huang/Instagram

Tags: fountain drinks, france, obesity, Soda tax, sugar ban
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