Spain is taking a more aggressive approach to curbing obesity than other countries, including countries in Europe, and is seeking to encourage people to drink fewer sugary beverages, according to a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Spain is considering imposing a tax of 10 euros ($11.20) per litre on sugared drinks sold in the nation, which is considered a luxury item and is among the most expensive in Europe.
The government is also mulling ways to encourage more people to buy and consume energy-efficient cars, the report said, saying that the tax could generate about 7.5 billion euros ($8.7 billion) annually.
The report said Spain’s obesity rate had risen sharply since the beginning of the recession in 2010, and it has been on a downward trajectory since 2014.
Spain has introduced an alcohol tax on soda and other sugary products, but it has not gone further, and the government is still considering new measures, including banning the sale of bottled water in restaurants.