First it was Michael Bloomberg and his fixation with banning retail stores from selling oversized sugary drinks in a single cup (customers would have been allowed to buy multiple small drinks, but apparently that’s another matter); then (where else?) the City of Berkeley, California became the first in the nation to assess an additional tax of $.01 per ounce on sugary beverages. Following Berkeley, the newly minted Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney was so concerned about people consuming too much of their sugary drinks that he decided to tax the sale of all sugary beverages (regardless of their size) at a rate of $.03 per ounce but claims the tax revenues will be earmarked for universal prekindergarten, community schools and parks improvements (the money’s “for the children”, in other words!). Just yesterday afternoon, a city council committee gave its approval to a watered-down version of the Mayor’s proposal with a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce. The final ordinance is slated for a final vote as part of final budget deliberations next Thursday. And now, the Baltimore City Council is considering a proposal from the Baltimore Health Commissioner to require warning labels to be put up in restaurants and retail outlets that sell sugar-sweetened drinks (ranging from soda and energy drinks to sweet teas and lemonade). Advocates say the labels will allow consumers to make an educated purchase. Later this month, the City of San Francisco will require label on sugary drinks. Apparently, consumers don’t know too much sugar isn’t good for them, but once they read it on a label, all will be well!! The Baltimore City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposal next Tuesday.