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More than $20 million spent extracting rotten teeth, fresh petition to tax sugary drinks

24 May 2019 Luke Kirkness - New Zealand Herald

“I’ve finished pulling teeth today, my right hand’s actually sore I pulled out so many.”

Those are the harrowing words of New Zealand dentist Dr Rob Beaglehole who is urging the Government to take action and tax sugary drinks.

The problem is so extreme more than $20 million is spent each year anaesthetising Kiwi children so they can undergo tooth removals as a consequence of consuming sugary drinks.

And today, a petition has been launched in an effort to convince the Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks.

But the current Labour-led Government and Health Minister Dr David Clark have no plans for such a tax.

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