Just listening to your conversation on whether or not we should tax soft drinks to curb obesity. I definitely don’t think this is the right approach. People will pay the extra 5 cents for their sugary fix.
So I think I’ve come up with a better idea.
One of these “expert panelists” singled out tobacco as an example of how higher taxes have helped curb smoking rates.
Yes, I think the fact that the government super-taxed cigarettes led SOME people to quit, but I think a lot more people quit because it became impossible to smoke in bars and restaurants.
My mom actually quit smoking because she felt like such a loser standing outside in the cold puffing away on her cigarette.
So why don’t we just ban junk food in bars and restaurants?
Yes, I understand smoking was banned because of second-hand smoke…but what about second-hand munchies?
If the table next to you is chomping away on nachos and wings, you’re probably going to order the same.
So if we really want to curb obesity – ban it in bars and restaurants.
If you want a cheeseburger – go outside.
Maybe more people will quit pigging out once they start feeling like losers.