Evidently New York’s Mayor Bloomberg believes his job to be far more expansive than mere pencil pushing; the three term mayor is trying to legislate health. This time he’s going after obesity.
[typography font="Droid Serif" size="16" size_format="px" color="#660000"]Mayor Bloomberg Pushes for Ban on Large Soft Drinks[/typography]
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on any soft drink bigger than 16 ounces. He wants the ban in place by 2013.
Bloomberg points to soaring obesity rates, which have been linked to spikes in heart disease and other health problems. The mayor says that banning the super-sized sugary drinks is a way to push back against public health problems.
He went after smokers and made restaurants display calorie counts on menus… But when people who want them cannot purchase Big Gulps or Ventis? Sure, some will knuckle under and be content with a smaller amount… and some will buy two. Or three, if they want them.
Because… Mr. Mayor… you cannot legislate personal responsibility.