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Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to talk about his ban on sales of large sodas and other sugary drinks. The first-in-nation plan would prohibit vendors – including restaurants, movie theatres, and street carts — from selling any bottle or cup of sweetened beverage that exceeds 16 ounces.
The ban is the most far-reaching and aggressive of Bloomberg’s public health initiatives, which include bans on smoking in restaurants and parks, and a ban against artificial trans fats in restaurant food. All of these initiatives have been criticised as an infringement on personal freedoms.
But Bloomberg doesn’t see it that way:
“We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do anything,” he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “We’re simply forcing you to understand.”
Watch the full interview below:
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