No would one be surprised if Washington, DC, followed New York
City in banning the sale of large, sugary drinks.
The idea of a ban being considered in the District of Columbia
was first reported this week by local and national media.
Julie Gunlock, director of the Women for Food Freedom project at the Independent Women's
Forum, says that at this point the ban is conjectural, but
still quite likely.
"It's important to point out
that there is no piece of legislation that has been introduced in
Washington, DC, or put before the city council," she tells
"A city council member responded to a reporter saying, Hey,
yeah, I'm interested in proposing this. This is something we will
definitely consider. I think people are reacting to this
because nobody would be surprised if DC did this. When
New York passes something like this, you often see there is a
domino effect and other large cities follow."
Gunlock says, frankly, soda bans and soda taxes are merely a way
for politicians to look like they are tackling a big health
problem, when in reality there are other things they could be
"I live right outside of DC; our local news covers Northern
Virginia, parts of Maryland and DC. It is really astounding the
problems that DC has," she declares.
"It has a massive traffic problem and an affordable housing
shortage. You have a City Council and government officials that
have been investigated, not to mention violent crime is up 40
percent in the District and unemployment is nearly 9 percent."