New York City has been a trailblazer in the health wars. First, no soda with your food stamps. Then, Mayor Michael Bloomberg went after giant sodas with an attempted ban on supersized drinks. That war is spreading. Now, the Boston suburb of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is looking to get in on the soda ban game. Cambridge mayor Henrietta Davis proposed a soda ban on Monday at the city council meeting.
“In addition to being an obesity threat, soda is one of the contributing factors to an increasing rate in diabetes and heart disease amongst younger people,” Davis said to the city council.
The city council, naturally, is skeptical. They don’t want Cambridge to end up on the Daily Show as the object of national–and international–ridicule. Still, I get that cities feel like they have to do something about the fattening of their populace, I just don’t think soda bans are the way to get people healthy since you can have free refills at 99 percent of all restaurants.
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