The hometown of Harvard University has declared a war on carbonation.
The mayor of Cambridge, Mass. introduced a policy resolution that would ban soft drinks and sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants.
The ban is similar to one that was recently proposed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That policy would ban any bottled soft drinks more than 16 ounces. The city is also considering limitations on popcorn and milkshakes.
However, the actual resolution calls for a complete ban on soft drinks.
“Whereas New York City has a plan to limit the serving size of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants; now therefore bit it ordered that the City Manager be and hereby is requested to refer the matter of a ban on soda and sugar sweetened beverages in restaurants to the Cambridge Public Health Department for a recommendation,” the resolution read.
“In addition to being an obesity threat, soda is one of the contributing factors to an increasing rate of diabetes and heart disease amongst younger people,” Mayor Henrietta Davis told the Boston Globe. “
And just like the New York City proposal, the Cambridge proposal is fizzing out with residents.
“Here we go again,” said Talk 1200 host Jeff Katz. “A few weeks ago it was Michael Bloomberg who wanted to be my mommy. Now, it’s Henrietta Davis.”
Katz, who hosts a morning drive radio program on Boston’s Fox News Radio affiliate, said his phones have been ringing non-stop with critics of the proposed soda ban.
“This is not a size restriction,” Katz said. “They’re talking about an all-out ban. It’s Big Mommy Government.”
Those opposed to ban said it’s not surprising in a city nicknamed the “People’s Republic of Cambridge” and served by the transit system’s “red line.”
“Only in Mass-ghanistan could driving a Coke across town lines constitute smuggling,” said one of Katz’s listeners. “Such is the mind of a liberal politician.”
Another listener wondered, “So zero soda, but I could order an entire pizza? It’s pathetic.”
But some city leaders agree with the mayor.
“It’s a very good thing to try and pursue,” City Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom told the Boston Globe, predicting the ban may be difficult to pass.