Nanny Bloomberg is the opposite of Nanny McPhee, he gets uglier with every problem he tries to fix with his 8 million ill-behaved charges.

There is no problem so small for which Nanny Bloomberg doesn’t have a draconian fix at the ready.

Salt. Can cause hypertension if abused. Solution: banned.

17 oz Soft Drinks. Too much sugar says he. Banned!

With those little problems Nanny Bloomberg has a solution. If you have a bad habit that might have the slightest impact on your health, no matter how tangential, no matter how remotely possible, no matter how ambiguous the causation, the Nanny has no choice but to swoop in and abscond with your liberty. Tyranny for your own good, of course is still tyranny.

But The Nanny demurs calling it a minor “inconvenience” to reverse a national health catastrophe. If lifestyle choices harm you, you must be encouraged, even coerced to stop.

But here is the curious thing. What if I told you that there is clear evidence that a particular behavior has been shown in multiple studies to very seriously impact health. Indeed, for those who engage in this behavior life expectancy can be reduced from anywhere from 5 to 20 years. Along with that dramatic reduction in life expectancy come hosts of other health problems that can put a serious drain on “the system.”

So naturally, The Nanny can not allow such a destructive lifestyle choice to cost so much in life and death. The Nanny must step in and do something, right?


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