"New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks"

So you ban large soft drinks. Will that reduce the amount that people drink of soft drinks?  Probably.  Sure, there are substitute ways of drinking it -- get two drinks (though not as easy to carry).  Will it get people to switch large milk shakes?  What is next?  Limits on portion size?  Mayor Bloomberg strikes again.  From the NY Times:

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.
The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.
“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said in an interview on Wednesday in the Governor’s Room at City Hall. . . .
Liberals want to keep out of people's bedrooms?

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Blogger Lazy Bike Commuter said...

Also, here's an idea: Make the banned drinks available in only 16 ounce sizes, but provide free 32 ounce water cups, then reduce the price of a 16 ounce drink to half of the previous cost of a 32 ounce drink.

Net result: Same amount of beverage consumed, increase in littering.

5/31/2012 1:05 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Exactly when did God appoint Bloomberg as enforcer of the dietary habits of his constituents? Bloomberg, like others of his ilk, are simply unable to control themselves. Ergo they wish to control others.

6/04/2012 3:20 PM  

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