UK unhealthy product sales impact health and economy

The Guardian November 18, 2023, 08:00 AM UTC
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A report reveals that UK sales of tobacco, junk food, and excessive alcohol generate £52.7bn annually, contributing to rising health issues and a £31bn economic impact. Health organizations demand government action to regulate these industries, citing £81.5bn spent on unhealthy products, with £28.8bn in VAT revenue. The report also highlights 2.5 million hospital admissions and 459,000 people unable to work due to smoking, drinking, or obesity-related illnesses. The government is urged to prioritize public health.

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