Large Sodas Banned

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Michael Bloomberg’s decision to impose a ban on sodas larger than sixteen ounces is the best thing to happen to New York in a long time. Actually, it’s the best thing to happen since the 1980’s regulations on super sized or “Biggie” value meals at fast food chains. People complained when that happened too, bringing up the whole slippery slope argument that it was just the first step toward a communist regime. That viewpoint is silly. Here are the facts: The City of New York estimates 5800 deaths a year from obesity. Those deaths cost taxpayers four billion dollars in medical expenses. 34% of New Yorkers are overweight, and 22% are clinically obese. Obesity follows only smoking as the leading cause of death in New York. Sugary drinks are one of the leading causes of obesity. (Taubes, 2012) The facts that caused this decision go on and on, but the point is clear. Large sodas help cause obesity. This law does not prevent people from drinking fifteen sodas a day; it only prevents them from buying a single soda that is more than sixteen ounces. If someone out there just has to have more than that in a single sitting, they can simply buy two. The law is not comprehensive, however. It will not affect grocery stores, so those two liter bottles we all crave will still be readily available. Further, it will not affect convenience stores, or any store that is subject to state regulations rather than city regulations. The ban is only going to affect full-flavored sodas, “fruit” drinks with less than 50% real fruit juice and full flavored sports drinks. (Sadeghi-Nejad , 2012) Call it taking away our freedom if you want, but this law is far better from the alternative – raising taxes on the purchases of soda. Tobacco users are all too familiar with this idea. The average price of cigarettes has gone from under two dollars a pack to over ten dollars in some…...

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