When the punchline becomes law

Posted: August 5, 2008 in Just "Why?"

S.F. pushes legislation to promote good health
Heather Knight
sfgate.com

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to make the city the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies such as Walgreens and Rite Aid.

And that’s only the city’s latest effort to make us all healthier.

The supervisors also voted to require chain restaurants to post nutritional information, including calories and fat content, on menus. This follows the creation of a program to recognize restaurants that don’t use trans fats and an idea by Mayor Gavin Newsom to levy a fee on retailers of sugary sodas.

The board is also taking up legislation to dramatically curb where smokers can light up, including prohibiting puffing in taxis, lines for ATMs and common areas of apartment buildings. And Newsom wants to close some streets to cars on select Sundays so people can jog, hula-hoop and lay out their yoga mats on the pavement. (more…)

>Watch as cigarette sales go up in grocery and convenience stores.
>Once they realize that posting nutritional information doesn’t change minds, the next step will be to highlight sodium, carb, cholesterol and fat content. When that doesn’t work, folks at the register will be required to tell customers after they order: “You know, that meal you just ordered totals to 1000 calories. You might want to think about it.”

Why am I posting this here? Because when this foolishness comes to your town, you will not be able to say that nobody warned you. What starts out here in Cali will eventually find its way to the east coast.

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Comments
  1. Wil says:

    Cigarettes should be completely illegal. More people have died from smoking than have died from crack cocaine and Marijuana combined…I do very much want to know the ingredients and health information about the food that I am being served in a restaurant or anyplace else…Closing streets, on the other hand is a terrible idea -how will the elderly and handicapped get access if they are forced to walk whether they are able to or not?

  2. Duane says:

    More people have died from smoking than have died from crack cocaine and Marijuana combined

    Many people have died from car accidents as well. Perhaps cars should be made illegal.
    Smokers smoke by choice–even with the freakin’ risk being posted on the pack. Most people who do not smoke have the option to walk away if the smell bothers them.

    I do very much want to know the ingredients and health information about the food that I am being served in a restaurant or anyplace else

    Many restaurants (especially McDonalds) have had this information available for years. If folks don’t ask for it, chances are they probably don’t want to know in the first place.

    how will the elderly and handicapped get access if they are forced to walk whether they are able to or not?

    Shutting down streets in the city so people can walk is a dumb idea period. Perhaps there is some special vibe one gets from sitting on their yoga mat on a city street versus going to the park like everyone else.

  3. Wil says:

    Where are all of the billboards for liquor, and smokes posted? In the minority inner city neighbourhoods, that’s where ….Cars are utilitarian machines that provide necessary transportation, cigarettes are death dealing narcotics with no utility.

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