Seoul Bans Sales of Soda in Vending Machines in Public Spaces

David Lee, Oct. 21, 2015, 8:51 a.m.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has decided to ban the sales of soft drinks at vending machines in public spaces and subway stations. The decision created a buzz among Seoulites, and many showed negative reactions, saying that the move restricts freedom of choice.

Seoul city officials explained that they made the decision based on the fact that soft drinks cause obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis, damaging the health of citizens. However, citizens’ reactions indicated that the reason was also difficult to understand.


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