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Table 1 Timeline of events leading to the introduction of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy

From: A discourse network analysis of UK newspaper coverage of the “sugar tax” debate before and after the announcement of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy

Date Event/publication
Jun-Sep 2014 Public consultation on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) draft report “Carbohydrates and Health”
Mar 2015 World Health Organisation guideline “Sugars intake for adults and children”
Jul 2015 Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition report “Carbohydrates and health”
Sep 2015 Jamie Oliver parliamentary petition “Introduce a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve our children’s health” – received 155,516 signatures
Oct 2015 Public Health England report “Sugar reduction: The evidence for action”
Nov 2015 Parliamentary debate on public petition “Introduce a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve our children’s health”
Jan 2016 BMJ study “Beverage purchases from stores in Mexico under the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages: observational study”
Mar 2016 Budget announcement: proposals for a Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL)
June 2016 Referendum on UK’s membership of the European Union
Aug-Oct 2016 Public consultation on SDIL proposals
Aug 2016 UK Government obesity strategy “Childhood obesity: A plan for action”
Mar 2017 Budget announcement: confirmation of plans for a UK-wide SDIL
Mar 2017 Health Affairs study “Sustained consumer response: evidence from two-years after implementing the sugar sweetened beverage tax in Mexico”
Apr 2018 Introduction of the SDIL in the UK