That will slow down the adults who supply them. Or at least make them think.
This is almost common knowledge:
“Rather than subsidizing the production of unhealthful foods, we should turn the tables and tax things like soda, French fries, doughnuts and hyperprocessed snacks. The resulting income should be earmarked for a program that encourages a sound diet for Americans by making healthy food more affordable and widely available.”
A comprehensive proposal involves a lot of line drawing. Even a tax on candy makes you decide about Kit Kats and Twix: candy or not? Here’s a definition that says not:
“Candy means a preparation of sugar, honey or other natural or artificial sweeteners in combination with chocolate, fruit, nuts or other ingredients or flavorings in the form of bars, drops, or pieces. Candy shall not include any preparation containing flour and shall require no refrigeration.”
Click to access PC10011%20All%20Candy%20Rule%20Public%20Comments%20with%20Response.pdf
If that’s too complicated, we could just tax sugar.