Sugar tax, more access to water to help curb diabetes

Measures to promote healthier living include having more drinking points in public areas

A Riverside Primary School pupil refilling his bottle at a water cooler. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong wants to saturate Singapore with readily available drinking water to wean people off sweetened drinks.
A Riverside Primary School pupil refilling his bottle at a water cooler. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong wants to saturate Singapore with readily available drinking water to wean people off sweetened drinks.PHOTO: ST FILE

Imagine a Singapore where there is free drinking water on hand wherever you go, and a sugar tax on your packaged drinks.

These moves are on the agenda as Health Minister Gan Kim Yong ramps up the war against diabetes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2018, with the headline 'Sugar tax, more access to water to help curb diabetes'. Subscribe