UK and Finland impose the highest sin taxes in Europe on goods considered bad for health

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The UK and Finland top the European league table for strict ‘lifestyle regulations’, including imposing heavy taxation on substances considered back for health such as alcohol, sugary drinks, tobacco, e-cigarettes and food, according to research by think tank initiative the European Policy Information Centre. The Nanny State Index 2017 showed figures that over the last year in 2016, ‘sin taxes’ have become popular in most EU members; with only six members scoring worse for lifestyle regulations than the previous year. Germany and the Czech Republic are ranked the most liberal EU member states with the least taxes imposed.