August 7, 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to push for a ban on “sugary drinks” served in sizes larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters, and other food service establishments.
Besides grossly infringing on individual liberty, the soda ban also picks winners and losers in the food and beverage industry. For example, winners include alcoholic beverages, because they aren’t subject to the ban. However, losers include sweetened juices that are subject to the ban. The ban also doesn’t apply to all businesses. For example, restaurants would be subject to the ban, but grocery stores would be exempt.
This absurd measure is based on the notion that citizens can’t make their own decisions, Bakst continues:
This is often referred to as a “nanny state mentality,” but in many respects even that description is too kind. These actions are being made not necessarily out of concern for those who aren’t taking the “correct” actions but out of the perceived harms to those who have to bear the health care costs of these undesired actions.
A state court has now upheld a lower court’s ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. Bloomberg says he will continue to fight for the ban.
What do you think about the New York City soda ban?