The major soft drink manufacturers have banded together for a new initiative to forestall more actions like what went on with New York City's recent ban of soft drinks larger than 16 ounces.

Under the new initiative, when you buy a soda out of a vending machine, you will see the calorie counts prominently posted.

This effort ties in nicely with the industry's overall effort to have more low calories choices and water in vending machines than in the past.

Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper getting together on this initiative is almost unprecedented. But that gives you an indication how seriously they're all taking this.

Yes, we do have a weight problem in this country. A new report from Allstate estimates that obesity causes us to waste $1 billion in gas each year, as I read in The Chicago Tribune. I think that's kind of a cheap shot, but you get the point.

The thing is, you having info about calorie counts and making the choice is what we should be about. Not having government prohibitions!

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