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D.C. Considers Ban On Sugary Drinks

October 24, 2012 by  

D.C. Considers Ban On Sugary Drinks

Move over, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there’s a new soda sheriff. Several members of the D.C. Council want to see large sugary drinks banned.

Councilmembers Michael Brown, Vincent Orange and Mary Cheh hope to make large drinks a thing of the past.

“I’m very excited by that,” said Cheh, in regard to a ban on large drinks. “If I could get the votes to do it I would certainly try to put that in place. I would consider legislation to do that, I would like to see that done.”

Several others are open to the idea, including Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Tommy Wells.

“I think there probably are some good health reasons to support something like that,” said Gray. “We’ll be happy to look at it, we haven’t taken a position on that one way or another.”

Mendelson said: “The issue of nutrition is of critical importance to public health. We need to look at different strategies so people understand what the effect is of the large volume of soft drinks they’re drinking.”

Wells had this to say: “I am open to anything that will help young people be healthier.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • kenwa d’arc

    fat is not caused by either calories nor sugar. fat is caused by genetic reaction to eating meat.

    • Bill

      Sounds like you are making up stories to push your own agenda

    • Linz

      What kind of teeth do you have? Do you have the pointy ones or all molars? If you don’t have all molars, meat should be consumed. Just saying.

      • pete0097

        Fat is just storage for lean times which are coming up. At least that is my story and I am sticking to it.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Her body was especially designed to chew hay.

  • Jolanta

    My God……..where do you people come from and don’t you have anything better to worry about? I am not a soft drink fan but the idea of the government controlling the amount one can drink is a shame!!!!!! There are so many problems in this world and you worry about the amount of liquid someone can consume! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!!!!!

    • eddie47d

      This may be the wrong way to correct the obesity and rising diabetic rates yet I’m sick of paying for other peoples health problems. Some of those soda abusers are like heroin addicts. You can’t stop it so maybe we should forget the ban and have their insurance rates go up like smokers.

      • TIME

        Dear Eddie,

        You are correct, this would all fall under the form of the:
        (1962 United Nations ~ FOOD CODEX issue.)

        Where food additives in all the foods we are sold such as all them special Monsanto GMO’s or ~ the Steroids in all the meats we are sold, Or ~ Pasteurized & Homogenixed Milk, Cheese and eggs, and everything else such as ADDING ~ Pure 100% POISON the like’s of Floride to our water supply.

        These are where all health problems stem from, not a super sized drink.

        But as the vast amount of outright lies and Propoganda pointed to the American public are compeling the American people to stop thinking all based on LIES. What else can one expect?

        Again People the TRUTH is all out there, use this bloody plastic box to your advantage, and stop giving your CONSENT to these absurd Criminal’s.

        Peace and Love be with you

      • eddie47d

        I agree that GMOs,fluorides and steroids are far more harmful to the human body yet no one seems willing to stop there proliferation. Maybe mankind will kill itself off from within.

      • momo

        I actually agree with you eddie47d about paying for other people’s health problems, but government shouldn’t be banning the drinks. If you’re too stupid to figure out that these drinks are bad for you, or you just don’t care, well that’s a question of individual responsibility. A government shouldn’t be making that decision for you.

      • The GLB

        @ Eddie47 and Time: The problem with sodas is that most restaurants, convenience stores, etc. only offer either American made Coke or Pepsi products, which with the exception of Sierra Mist and Mountain Dew throw back (which are not offered in most restaurants) all contain a Modified Sugar, a sugar that is very harmful, is an ‘excitotoxin’, and is almost as deadly as Monsanto’s God-Move-Over seeds.

        So you are both correct in your assertions, but I would remind you to not play down the toxicity of High-Fructose Corn Syrup.

        BTW, if people want to poison themselves with HFCS or Aspartame, then that is their choice to make, but I endeavor to enlighten them to the dangers, so they can at least make a conscious decision from then on.

        The thing that constantly amazes me is that people after hearing my HFCS sermon, or my Aspartame sermon continue to imbibe in these exceedingly dangerous poisons.

    • Bill

      We have so many problems in Los Angeles, but the mayor and city counsil only concentrate on pot holes, and can’t even get that right.

  • Bill

    I don’t care if they ban sodas, but they better not be thinking about my Cuban cigars. Oh, I forgot, they are already banned. We will just have to have a sugar drink black market

  • teaparty13

    Baaaaa, Baaaa, nanny state…stay out of my house and then I’ll leave you alone.. DC must be run by Dems, since Bloomie was a Rino but went Indie..

    • The GLB

      Learn a little history: Bloomberg was a Democrat who switched parties to ride Guilliani’s coattails into the mayoral office (at Rudy’s suggestion, BTW). He only became an independent when he was considering running as one to vie for the office of the POTUS.

      To most succinctly describe him one could say that he is just one more tool in the tool-belt of the NWO.

  • TIME

    Dear People,

    What will it take to WAKE YOU all up?

    Will it be when its illegal for you to breath air?

    In any truly ~ FREE nation ~ what you drink or eat or otherwise do is of no concern for any form of Government of a said FREE NATION.

    Peace and Love be with you.

  • Bill

    I really wanted to reply to this but for the life of me, I couldn’t find a politician to tell me what I should say.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Thanks for a chuckle, Bill.

  • pete0097

    What I am concerned about is a councilman that is “excited” about banning sugary drinks. He needs to find out about the real world and the real workplace. DC is small enough that people will just go to Prince Georges or Montgomery counties for drinks as there aren’t too many places in DC to buy drinks as cheap. What about people that buy 1 large drink because it is cheaper than 2 drinks and share it with their spouse?

  • paul

    more like a vegetarian I’d say.I been eating meat all my 67 years & at 5′ 10″ I have never weighed over 130 lbs…ever…
    this will pan out just like the faux war on drugs has & prohabition did. Government needs to get their head out of their ass & to stop trying the same failed policies over & over time after time.Bans don’t work,period.Get out of the peoples lives.If someone who craves sugar pop wants more they will buy 2 or 3 small/medium ones to replace the big one.How does that ban make any sense ? Just more govt failure in the making…
    Talk about tilting at windmills

  • Rob

    There are approximately 124-189 calories in a 12 oz. can of soda, and 136 calories in a 12 oz. can of beer, and not a whole lot of price difference. If government stooges are bent on banning soda because of the calories and sugars, should they not do the same for beer? Oh wait… They already tried that. And just like the booze during prohibition, people will find a way to get the stuff. It is not the government’s responsibility to oversee my children’s dietary and health needs, it is mine as a parent.

  • michael a.

    this is yet another example of a out of control government, which cannot mind its own business, and enabled by liberals, to treat us like its subjects. WHEN will we wake up to the idea that the government shall govern according to the consent of the governed?


      On the other hand D.C. is known as CHO-LATE CITY..

  • Ghost

    Why don’t these government whores take care of themselves before trying to take care of others? I hope you sheep don’t come in to my house, or else I’m gonna have me some good lam chops, roasted mutton, grilled rack of lam, and all kinds of other dishes. I will even get some free wool to make me some new sweaters, socks, gloves, and maybe a woolen cloak.

  • John

    Leave it to the Politicians they get Taxes for Cigarettes they get taxes from Sugary drinks etc. Cigarettes were known to be harmful 100 years back already, did the Politicians stop collecting taxes from the companies and buyers NO, then they allow folks to sue the companies for the illnesses the ciggies caused did they stop collecting taxes NO, lung cancer etc. is still a problem. Now Sugary Drinks over in indulgence might be harmful but is taxing them cure anything NO people still smoke still START smoking people will still drink sugary drinks so it’s just a TAX GRAB plain and simple.
    Education is needed NOT Taxes.


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