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Banning Big Sodas: Too Much Government?

New York City is considering a measure to ban the sale of giant sugary sodas at movie theaters and other public venues. Good for health? Bad for government?

With Missouri ranked as the 11th most obese state in the nation in a study published about a year ago, we thought it would be worth a discussion about a ban on giant sugary soda sales in New York City.

If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, that's what's coming next to your favorite five-borough restaurant, movie theater or street vendor.

The mayor plans to eliminate the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces in each of those places in an "ambitious" effort to combat obesity, The New York Times reported last week.

“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” Bloomberg told the paper. 

Exemptions, such as for diet drinks and sales in supermarkets, are expected to be part of the new law, eyed for spring 2013, according to the Times.

It would mark the first such ban in the country, but follows the mayor's successful efforts to ban trans fats and curb public smoking.

The New York City Beverage Association is certainly not thrilled.

Does Missouri need to consider something similar to combat the rotund waistlines? Is this nanny-state-gone-mad or nice job Bloomie?

RDBet August 24, 2012 at 07:48 PM
You're a riot.
PaulRevere August 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Rahib: This is NOT a Soda Ban. It is a Size Ban. There is a big difference. No one has Banned smoking. It's where you can smoke.
Howard Roark August 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM
"We are all paying for each others health costs and it opened Pandora's box" You can also argue that restricting smoking is a Pandora's box as Rahib seems to suggest. Why ban pot and not alcohol? Science? No... Look, this can be argued until we're blue in the face but the reality is that Bloomberg's ban on selling Big Gulps in certain establishments for certain types of drinks in New York City will have no impact in St. Louis, nor will it likely last in NYC. It's a cannard that incites page hits.
Devon Seddon August 24, 2012 at 09:06 PM
"Small Governmental Nudge"? Maybe you need the government to coddle you & make all your decisions for you, the rest of us have a brain. It's funny how ALL WEEK, we were talking about "my body, my right". Where did that go?
Elizabeth August 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Roark - "will have no impact in St. Louis" I disagree Roark, I'm not sure if you noticed but many of the new laws we have in the area are a direct result of "X put a regulation in place, maybe we should too". Case in point the prescription requirement on the OTC drugs. One of the arguments was that other counties had already done it. The smoking ban...the same thing. There seems to be a standard for passing laws called "everyone else is doing it" If you want a big scale example, the ACA was repeatedly sold on the concept that other nations have a national healthcare plan. Granted what was ultimately passed is different, but you get the idea.

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