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In an effort to combat obesity, would you favor or oppose a law limiting the size of sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages to 16 ounces?

Poll Discussion In an effort to combat obesity, would you favor or oppose a law limiting the size of sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages to 16 ounces?
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    Brian
    May 31, 2012
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    Not going to make one bit of difference.
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    bforjustice
    May 31, 2012
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    Now, a tax on soda earmarked for public school physical education classes? That I could get behind.
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    poppa-g
    May 31, 2012
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    People have will power whether they use it or not. If a 16oz drink is not enough, what is going to stop them from buying another? You can't legislate will power.
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    bobmacedo
    May 31, 2012
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    I am a obese and I feel sorry for that because it is very difficult to loose weight. It is more easy to leave cigarretes, as I already did 20 years ago, then have strength to loose some fat. Certainly, anything that could be done in this way I appreciated and applause.
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    isrosoff
    May 31, 2012
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    Take the sugar drinks, I don't care, just don't come for the bacon. Government legislates taste, it's wrong, but if you're going to say this law is outrageous then so is making drugs illegal. When Obesity is the cause of the number one, two, and three killers in the U.S. regulating or banning or taxing sugary crap is just as fair game as banning drugs or alcohol for under 21's.
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    SeasideDem
    May 31, 2012
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    Take some personal responsibility people!
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    bluescat48
    May 31, 2012
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    I doubt if it would do anything either way. What I would have said if the option was there was neutral. Limit to 16 ounces, what stops anyone from drinking 2, 16 ounce servings?
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    matt.j.hill91
    May 31, 2012
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    If Americans want to buy large soft drinks, more power to them. It is not the government's job to police how much money we spend on sugar-loaded beverages.
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    sampauken
    May 31, 2012
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    There's no reason why I can't indulge once in a while if I can do it responsibly. If you get fat on a big gulp, that's you'r responsibility, not mine. We have this mentality where we want the government to take care of us, and this is totally false. Ultimately, you have to take care of you.
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    marchet
    May 31, 2012
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    It is probably a good idea but those that want more will just go get another one.
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    somethingstrange
    May 31, 2012
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    @JonathanBrown Actually, I don't drink carbonated beverages, although my wife occasionally has a can of diet soda. We usually drink water or iced tea when we eat out. I also make at least 48 oz. of fruit and vegetable juice *every* morning for consumption through out the day. I'm drinking on average 2 apples, 4 stalks of celery, 4 stalks of kale, 3 carrots, 1 cucumber, and half a lemon every day. My wife's is more fruit based with apples, oranges, grapefruit, carrots, and the occasional tomato. That said, I get your point. I agree people should consume less, especially when it comes to junk food. The problem I have is taking away the opportunity to purchase in bulk. The Junk Food Tax I mentioned later is a better solution, in my opinion, because it raises the cost based on quantity. ---- In California, the 2012 primary ballot will have Prop 29, which increases the cigarette tax from $0.87 to $1.87 per box. I'm ALL in favor of that, but it would seem absurd to me if government created regulation to prevent consumers to purchase cigarettes in bulk. I do not smoke, by the way.
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    abeilein
    May 31, 2012
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    Another liberal policy encroaching on our freedom.
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    somethingstrange
    May 31, 2012
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    Here's an article from last year discussing a proposed "Junk Food Tax". I'd support that 100%. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/25/business/la-fi-lazarus-20110225
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    JonathanBrown
    May 31, 2012
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    @somethingstrange well you are proving the point with your "wife" example. Rather than buying one 32oz or two 16oz maybe you should just share one 16oz or better yet fill up a glass of water at the water fountain. i.e. reduce your sugar intake.
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    somethingstrange
    May 31, 2012
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    This idea is idiotic. Should government encourage people to consume less junk food? Absolutely. Should it regulate how it is marketed to children? Sure. Should is regulate the amount or volume that a retailer can sell to a customer? Never. The primary selling point for the larger sizes is that you get more for your dollar. I'd bet $10k that, if various beverage sizes shared the same unit price per oz, people would buy far fewer 32 oz. drinks. The same idea could be applied to restaurant portion sizes. Would I like to receive half the portion at 95% of the restaurants I visit? Sure. The problem is that when restaurants provide such options, the cost isn't half of the full-size portion. It's usually somewhere around 80%, making it's a poor choice when you're trying to stretch your dollar as far as it will go. Look at it this way. You go to the movies and purchase a 32 oz (large) drink to share with your spouse. It cost $5.00. Two individual 16 oz (small) drinks are $4.50 each. Would YOU rather pay $9 when you can pay just $5 now (and even THAT is way too high).
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    rhmoney
    May 31, 2012
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    Do we really want to go down this slippery slope of the government regulating portion sizes? It's the person that needs regulation, not the food/drink.
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    Marco DePaolo
    May 31, 2012
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    I generally favor regulation only after people demonstrate that personal responsibility has failed to produce good outcomes for themselves or society. Seems to be the case here. Of course one can always buy two 16 ounce drinks, but then they would need to think a little harder about that choice. That's a good thing.
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    JonathanBrown
    May 31, 2012
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    give me a break marco. If you want 32 oz just buy two 16 oz drinks. I dont want all my medicare deductions to pay for some kid's diabetes treatment because he couldn't control himself at the slurpee machine.
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    marco
    May 31, 2012
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    IF i want a 32 ounce super sized slurpee then i should be allowed to buy it if the store is selling. Government regulation has gone too far when they think they have the right to legislate food products off the menu