Originally Posted by siduri
Driving with cell phones is incredibly dangerous. It endangers others.
Eating salt, IF it is dangerous (which is a whole other question), endangers only the one who eats it.
I'm not sure what the results of the ban were in NY, but in CA the cellphone ban has had no noticeable impact on accident statistics. It has, however, made a good bit of money for makers and marketers of hands-free kits, and for any municipalities rigorous enough to cite violators.
Politicians like to appear as protectors of the people, and I totally get that - it is, after all, a big part of what they ought to be doing.
The problem is that actually
protecting the people is really really hard to do, and always and only happens after an interminable period of legislative gridlock and general angst. So elected officials pick scapegoats which allow them to appear
to be protecting the public - cell phones, trans-fats, sodium, seatbelt-less drivers, helmetless cyclists - and they crusade against them. You would think that people would notice that things really aren't any better off for the government's interference, but fortunately for the politicians the attention span of the voting public is astonishingly short.
Will this ban pass? It very well could - many many people believe that salt is, in fact, about as evil as you can get. Many others lack any sense of scale when it comes to the amount of salt in or on their food. As far as they're concerned, the amount of salt on an order of McDonald's fries or in a can of soup is quite reasonable, but if they were to catch any of us here seasoning their food, they would be disturbed by the amount of salt they perceive us as using. Moreover, they all know that good restaurant food just has SO much more flavor than other alternatives, and they know that salty = tasty, and will then assume that more flavor = more salt without really understanding how much salt is necessary to bring out those flavors. This may seem like really sketchy reasoning, and likely no one on this board thinks like this - but we are
talking about that "average" voter here.
Good luck, New York. Write your representatives, put up posters, reach out to various food-related communities and start educating your consumers. If the ban passes in NY, it's only a matter of time until the rest of the country will follow suit.