Get Your Hands Off My Soda!

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city’s restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combatting obesity. Aside from coffee, soda is the life blood of many cartoonists, so when politicians threaten to limit their intake, naturally they become leery.

Here are some recent cartoons about this latest onslaught against our favorite sugary drinks. What do you think? Comment below or drop us a note on our Facebook page.

Brian Fairrington / Cagle Cartoons (click to view more cartoons by Fairrington)
Jeff Parker / Florida Today (click to view more cartoons by Parker)
Bob Englehart / Hartford Courant (click to view more cartoons by Englehart)
Jeff Parker / Florida Today (click to view more cartoons by Parker)
Adam Zyglis / Buffalo News (click to view more cartoons by Zyglis)

By Daryl Cagle

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7 replies on “Get Your Hands Off My Soda!”

Ideally, those who are obese should pay higher health and life insurance premiums than those who are not obese. This would apply to employer provided health and life insurance policies as well as those policies purchased by individuals. The non-obese should not bear the costs for the risks attendent with obesity.

I would gladly agree with that, except for one minor hurdle … what metrics determine your rates, and who sets them?

Ever tried to get a health or life insurance policy as a smoker? They already pay more. But that should be determined by the companies selling the insurance, not the government.

What happened when companies started banning smoking in the workplace?

I remember well (I was young HR Generalist at the time) putting up the "No Smoking" signs and sending memos out announcing the policies. There was mass hysteria by smokers everywhere … many threatening to quit their jobs (and some did).

Why did companies decided to ban smoking? Are there some parallels to what some companies are doing with their health plans (charging more for smokers or obese people)?

As a business owner, I am concerned about 1) keeping my people healthy and productive, 2) increasing profit, and 3) controlling costs. By me banning smoking and charging more in healthcare premiums to people that aren't healthy, I am doing #1 and #3. People that eat healthy foods and don't smoke don't get sick as much … and quite frankly, unhealthy people have lower energy in general from what I've seen.

We have a choice here … enable unproductive and destructive behavior OR encourage people (through carrot and stick) to be healthy by charging more on premiums and offering fitness programs. It's a nonsense to say it is government overreach. It's a sound business decision.

My five cents worth …

Where were all of you when the "nutrition experts" decided to change the formula for my chocolate milk. No one was outraged, there were no cartoons about how horrible it was. It all comes down to who's ox is being gored.

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