First the Massachusetts bake sale ban, now this?
Just weeks after it was announced that the Massachusetts bake sale ban had been lifted, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is announcing his proposed plans to ban large, sugary drinks from pubs, restaurants and stores across NYC.
The bake sale ban was lifted when public backlash ensued over the government’s attempt to control what students could and could not eat. The same type of outcry is consuming the public after Bloomberg’s announcement to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces.
If passed, the proposed plan will eliminate popular drinks like 16-ounce (or larger) Gatorade bottles, oversized fountain drinks and 7-Eleven’s Big Gulp Slurpees and drinks (good thing they’re launching Slurpee Lite drinks).
“I disagree with it, because it’s the right to choose. If you want to drink a Slurpee, you should be allowed to drink a Slurpee,” Jamie Sawyer, a tourist from Oklahoma told CBS Local.
There are, however, some individuals supporting Bloomberg’s efforts. “That’s a good idea. A lot of obese people are in New York,” Jillian Russell told CBS Local as well.
Something tells me that simply banning sodas over a certain size isn’t going to solve the obesity problem in New York, though. Pat MySecret left an interesting comment on the site, writing “Just tell them you want a small Coke w/a big chunk of cheesecake!”
What’s next? Is Bloomberg going to ban video games, sugary foods and televisions as well?
Do you think this ban should be passed?