So I was reading this article today: Study: As cost of sugary drinks go up, sales go down It's commonplace these days to see employers, governments and schools doing what they can to force people to be 'healthier'. I have seen this in my state, New York, especially. The state has imposed astronomical taxes on cigarettes, making them around $8-$10 per pack. In the article above, they spoke with Barry Popkin, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and apparently one of the nation's "top experts on beverage consumption" and he said: "...I prefer Americans drink water or unsweetened or lightly sweetened coffee or tea." In my opinion, this is a slippery slope. When governments begin legislating personal choices, we lose more freedom to make the choices we want. We went down this road with prohibition, and it ended badly. Governments are of the belief that they can force choices on people in subtle ways, rather than overtly banning things that could lead to a revolt. It has been happening slowly and only a select few are making any noise about it. I guess the question is should we have a choice to buy sugary drinks or smoke cigarettes, or eat a double-bacon cheeseburger or should the government step in and remove our poor choices?