NYC’s “Soda Ban” and “No 7-Eleven”

This morning I saw that the No 7-Eleven tweeter tweeted a link to an article in today’s New York Times that explains the “soda ban,” with comment:

Who is it unfair to? Are they saying that deli/bodega owners made their money selling >16-ounce fountain sodas, until the ban? Are they saying 7-Eleven competes with local restaurants and movie theaters? I wonder how much thought they put into their pronouncements?

Health efforts such as the “soda ban,” to be effective, must target the source. Everyone knows this. The profits of producers/retailers cannot be what drives health policy. (Naturally, this includes insurance!)

Since Bloomberg took office, New York has become the first city to require chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus (prompting a federal law compelling all fast food retailers to do the same), to ban trans fats from restaurant foods, to ban public smoking from most corners of the city, and pushed hospitals to keep baby formula locked up in order to encourage breast-feeding in new mothers.

But then these are primarily shopkeepers — by definition, not a very progressive bunch.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. joe
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 16:02:33

    While a judge has just struck down Bloomberg’s attempt to ban large sodas at some types of venues it’s still worth noting that 7-Eleven would not have gained an “unfair advantage” under the proposed law. The sales ban did not apply to convenience stores or grocery stores. Under the law 7-Eleven and bodegas would have shared an exemption, an inconvenient fact mentioned in the op-ed piece linked by No 7-Eleven.

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