If this was directed at me:
It's not so much downplaying it, as it is simply stating that it is but a drop in the bucket as far as help wrt total soda intake. It is symbolic. QWuite frankly, until it actually takes effect, it's barely that.
You'd be better served mandating the largest serving of any soft drink that can be sold at a convenience store is 16 ozs. I believe right now they call that a small.
How aboout a symbolic tax on foods that contain more than 50% HFCS as their main ingredient to offset medical bills.
Instead of the FDA worrying about glycimic indecies of foods like apples and bananas, how about we begin starting the news with the dangers of HFCS and hydrogenated oils?
But, I do think it's a good idea to remove them from the schools. Just not a believer it will have but a smidgeon of effect on the total consumed overall.
Call me cynical!