Hamilton City Council, in their role as the Board of Health for the City, is asking City Staff to investigate the idea of banning the sale of large bottles of sugary soft drinks in Hamilton.
The idea stems from a presentation from the Heart and Stroke Foundation that told Councilors that consuming those sugary drinks is damaging to people’s health.
If the ban went into effect, it would mean that the largest soft drink container you could purchase would be 500 millilitres, or 16 ounces .
There’s no argument that consuming sugary soft drinks is bad for you, but banning the sale of large bottles is missing the point.
People who are determined to drink the stuff will just buy more of the smaller sizes and nothing will change.
I see people leaving Costco or Shoppers, where soft drinks are always on sale, with cases and cases of pop.
Banning large bottles isn’t going to change that.
Public education about the inherent dangers of sugary drinks may take more effort, but it’s much more effective.
Government never banned the sale of tobacco, although I wish they had, but public education about the dangers of smoking have resulted in a massive reduction in tobacco use.
Banning the sale of large bottles of pop is a short term and ineffective way to deal with the problem.