Jeremy Irons: Soda and Smoking Bans Are 'Very, Very Dangerous,' Lead To Restaurant Meal Calorie Limits

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | April 5, 2013 | 12:59 PM EDT

Actor Jeremy Irons said Wednesday that government regulations on food intake, smoking and soda size are “the nanny state. It is terrible.”

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The issue came up during a HuffPost Live discussion on smoking bans and the recently overturned ban on large containers of soda in New York City.

“Once the leaders of our society start telling us, ‘we can’t do this, we can’t do that’ and strangely enough - cigarettes on to fizzy drinks - is a very interesting example.  Then you’ll have the governors saying ‘if you run a restaurant you have to make sure all your meals are under -- that level of calories per person’. It’s the nanny state. It is terrible,” Irons said.

The Academy Award winning actor described himself as a “complete libertarian” during the interview.

Irons said he thinks proposing bans like the one on cigarette smoking in restaurants and large sodas are “very, very dangerous”.

“The leaders of society telling us how to be. I think it is not their business.”

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