Fort Wayne Mayor: New York's Soda Ban Proposal Is All Wet

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 4, 2012 Updated Jun 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Fort Wayne's mayor is not falling in line to support a proposal from New York City's mayor, which would ban oversized servings of sugary drinks in food-service establishments.

Democrat Tom Henry counts himself a friend of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

But he’s no friend of what Bloomberg is pushing in the nation's largest city.

Next week, New York's Board of Health will meet to consider passage of a policy to restrict soft drink serving sizes to 16 ounces.

The measure would be in force for restaurants, movie theaters, food carts and concession stands.

The idea is to cut down on obesity, which can ultimately drive up health care costs for all of society.

Tom Henry says it's an example of government overstepping its bounds.

" There are certain issues like smoking, for instance, where I think you can make a case for (restricting exposure to) second-hand smoke, but in a case like this, I'm not sure you can stretch it to the person who's sitting next to you in a restaurant,” says Henry.

“I understand that many illnesses cause health insurance premiums to go up, but I'm not sure this is the way to address it," Mayor Henry said.

Mayor Bloomberg is adamant about the policy change, saying, “All across the country, everybody recognizes obesity as a growing problem. New York City is acting."

State Representative Win Moses from Fort Wayne also opposes the New York initiative.

Moses says, “If we drink too much it’s our responsibility and we’ll pay the price for it, but if we allow this to become a law, we will then be taking away our rights and we’ll also set up a bureaucracy that will have to police it.”

The New York Board of Health is supposed to tackle the soda ban issue on June 12th.




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