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Sugar tax comes into effect in the UK - here's what you need to know about it

A sugar tax came into force in the UK on 6 April. Soft drinks manufacturers will be levied 18p per litre of drink that contains more than 5 grams of sugar per 100ml. Unsweetened fruit juices and milk are exempt.

The measure has been brought in for health reasons, with the government hoping to reduce obesity. Over half of manufacturers have already reduced sugar in their recipes. The tax revenue will fund school sports and healthy breakfast clubs.

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