Beyond the NYC Soft Drink Ban…What’s Next?

September 14, 2012 | By | Comments (1)

It was announced yesterday that the proposed ban in New York City on super-sized sugary drinks had been approved. No more 16-ounce sodas for you!! (Now you’ll have to buy two 8-ounce bottles and chain-drink.)

Then again, maybe soda companies will start rolling out a new 15-ounce cups, cans, and bottles? I wouldn’t be surprised.

Anyways, while I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the ban—obviously it’s leaning towards a tsk-tsking nanny-state and restricting a small but real personal freedom, but there are also clear public health objectives at stake here—it did get me thinking of some other bans I’d like to put on some ballots in the near future.

1. It will henceforth be unlawful to obliviously wrap one’s body around a subway pole when there are other passengers who need a place to rest a hand. (See also: a ban on blocking subway doors when others are exiting and you’re waiting to enter.)

2. It will be illegal for newly constructed high-rise buildings to make it so that you simply CANNOT take the stairs if you want to. Granted, I am not entirely up-to-speed on fire codes — so I don’t quite understand why my office building only lets you go a few floors before you reach a dead end. But on the occasions when I’d LIKE to take the stairs and burn a few calories, I am outta luck. (See also: In high-rise buildings, there should always be two elevator banks, so that those heading to the 20th floor need not ride a “local” car that stops on 2, 3, 6, 16, 17….For the sake of actually getting to work on time, the divided banks are the best way to go.)

3. There will be a ban on doctors writing prescriptions for antibiotics for anything that is not demonstrably bacterial in origin. Why people persist in taking antibiotics for things completely resistant to those medicines is beyond me…and yet, tons of people demand or are simply prescribed these pills for things like colds, flus, and other garden-variety viruses. Using antibiotics for those ailments is akin to smearing BenGay on a broken foot. All you end up with is a minty-fresh foot and increased resistance to antibiotics for the instance when you actually need them!

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