But of course smoking was different, wasn’t it? There’s no slippery slope leading to the same sorts of restrictions on other things at all:
This month, the National Child Measurement Programme reported that one-third of children are overweight by the time they leave primary school. This should have the food industry’s attention. Instead, “big food” continues to engage in behaviour that undermines public health. Obesity expert Professor Robert Lustig has studied the toxic, addictive and appetite-driving properties of sugar on the body, leading to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It’s causing obesity in babies, giving teenagers diabetes. “Sugar is cheap, it tastes good and it sells. So companies have little incentive to change,” he says. Sugar is the new tobacco.
Perhaps comparisons with the tobacco industry are instructive in other ways.
No no, no slippery slope at all.