Here’s where the WHO wants to stick it to everyday consumers with global tax hikes

The disgraced World Health Organization (WHO) has called for global taxes on so-called “unhealthy products” such as alcoholic drinks and soda (or what they call sugary sweetened beverages, SSBs).

In a press release/blog post published Tuesday, the organization complained that countries aren’t taxing these sorts of products enough.

As far as the WHO is concerned, it is imperative that nations use “taxes to incentivize healthier behaviors,” i.e., to force people to ostensibly consume healthier foods and beverages.

“Globally 2.6 million people die from drinking alcohol every year and over 8 million from an unhealthy diet. [I]mplementing [a] tax on alcohol and SSBs will reduce these deaths,” the press release claims.

“A 2017 study shows that taxes that increase alcohol prices by 50% would help avert over 21 million deaths over 50 years and generate nearly US$17 trillion in additional revenues. This is equivalent to the total government revenue of eight of the world’s largest economies in one year,” the press release continues.

In a statement, the WHO’s Dr. Rűdiger Krech said, “Taxing unhealthy products creates healthier populations. It has a positive ripple effect across society — less disease and debilitation and revenue for governments to provide public services.”

“In the case of alcohol, taxes also help prevent violence and road traffic injuries,” he added.

As an example of this working, the press release cites Lithuania, where an increased alcohol tax implemented by the authorities reportedly produced fewer deaths.

“Lithuania increased alcohol tax revenue from 234 million euros in 2016 to 323 million euros in 2018 and saw alcohol-related deaths drop from 23.4 per 100 000 people in 2016 to 18.1 per 100 000 people in 2018,” the press release reads.

The press release also cites a suspicious Gallup poll “conducted in collaboration with WHO and Bloomberg Philanthropies” that evidently found that most people in all counties support higher taxes on alcohol and soda.

Yet interestingly, this support wasn’t reflected in the scorching replies that the WHO received on X in response to its draconian proposal (*Language warning):

All this comes just weeks after investigative journalist Lara Logan warned that the WHO has issued a proposal that, if accepted by President Joe Biden, would mean America ceding its pandemic authority to the WHO.

Republicans have pushed back by introducing a bill, the “No WHO Pandemic Preparedness Treaty Without Senate Approval Act,” that would make it so that President Biden would have to go through Congress first to sign the treaty.

The bill, seen here, contains several facts relevant to this debate

“A Pew Research Center survey conducted in April and May 2020 indicated that 51 percent of Americans felt that WHO had done a poor or fair job in managing the COVID–19 pandemic,” one fact reads.

The bill also points to Section 723.3 of Title 11 of the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual.

“[When] determining whether any international agreement should be brought into force as a treaty or as an international agreement other than a treaty, the utmost care is to be exercised to avoid any invasion or compromise of the constitutional powers of the President, the Senate, and the Congress as a whole,” the section reads.

Vivek Saxena

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