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I Support Mayor Bloomberg's Soda Ban

Tuesday, 05 Jun 2012 02:17 PM

Last week, there really were a lot of controversial subjects covered by the media, and I had an opinion on all of them. I thought for the first time since I started writing my commentary, after leaving the New York City mayoralty, now 22 years out of office, I would this week provide brief comments on these issues.

Today I offer my take on the highly publicized soda ban.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he will seek to impose a restriction on theaters, restaurants, and street vendors barring the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces.

The purpose is to address rising obesity in the U.S., particularly of children. Currently, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese.

I support his efforts. Today nothing has worked to bring down rising obesity.

Why attack as some have the mayor for taking a substantive action — which may or may not work? He tried to get the legislature to raise taxes on sugary drinks. They refused.

His efforts, both educational and through the use of regulation and law, have reduced the number of cigarette smokers.

Many in positions of authority talk a good game; Mayor Bloomberg does more than talk. He implements.

Edward Koch was the 105th mayor of New York City for three terms, from 1978 to 1989. He previously served for nine years as a congressman. Read more reports from Ed Koch — Click Here Now.

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