After making New York the springboard for national smoking bans, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is setting his sights on the obesity epidemic – specifically sugary drinks. Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a ban that would prevent certain businesses, such as restaurants, movie theaters, and street carts, from selling large sodas and other beverages deemed to contain too much of the sweet stuff.
In backing the campaign, Bloomberg says that there are five thousand obesity related deaths per year in NYC, and the number is on the rise. The total number is soon expected to surpass the city’s seven thousand smoking-related deaths.
Although the ban may be met with resistance at first, it could easily follow several public health acts proposed by the Mayor which are now generally accepted, such as those against public smoking and grading restaurants.