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The Boston Herald reports that Boston’s health commission has voted final approval of a ban of the use of trans fats by the city’s restaurants and cafeterias. The ban goes into effect in six months.

“Boston has now stepped into a leadership role,” Anne McHugh, who runs the health commission’s chronic disease prevention program, tells the Herald. “Trans fats are a significant source of heart disease, and heart disease is a leading cause of death.”

The ban is similar to one implemented by New York City and under consideration by the city of Baltimore. San Francisco has taken a different approach – allowing restaurants banishing trans fats on a voluntary basis to display a decal saying so.

KC's View:
The San Francisco approach strikes me as better, since it uses a carrot instead of a stick to achieve similar ends.

Still, whatever the approach, the overarching message is clear – the anti trans fat train rolls on.