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1. No sugar-coating in new slurpee health warnings

Posters depicting a person sipping on a large cup of bulging, toxic fat will be plastered across Melbourne bus and tram stops in an effort to warn people of the “obscene” amounts of sugar in slurpees and slushies. Eighteen health agencies have teamed up to launch the campaign, warning that some large-size frozen drinks contain as much as 20.4 teaspoons of sugar — almost half an entire week’s recommended maximum in a single cup. “These cheap frozen drinks might seem refreshing on a hot day, but we want people to realise they could easily be sucking down an entire week’s worth of sugar in a single sitting,” the Cancer Council’s Craig Sinclair said last week.