Michael Bloomberg is no stranger to controversy when it comes to proposing bans on items that may be harmful to the health of his fellow New Yorkers. As Mayor of New York City, Bloomberg has aggressively sought out bans on indoor smoking in restaurants, bars and parks, and has banned artificial trans fat in restaurant food in the name of public health. Now, he’s targeting what many health experts believe are one of the root causes of obesity among Americas: the over-consumption of soft drinks.
The reaction to Bloomberg’s soda ban, which would prohibit the sale of of sweetened drinks larger thank 16 ounce has been met with skepticism by some, including marketers, and outright derision by others, including The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart who weighed in with his own segment last week.
We touched on this very subject earlier this year with an Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate titled, “Obesity is the Government’s Business.”
What do you think of Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sodas? Is it smart social policy or merely another sign of a move toward a government nanny-state?