After watching the video, do you think such a ban would be really effective? Well as the narrator suggested at the end of the video, while such a ban may not really deter the heavy drinkers anyway, it has forced New Yorkers to take a long and critical look at why obesity rates have been climbing. This is a helpful argument one can use in essays – that of laws or initiatives being symbolic, rather than a hard measurable deterrence. The same can be argued for other issues like capital punishment (does it bring crime down? maybe not, but hey, it makes the state look badass) and censorship (does it stop you from getting uncensored versions off the internet? again no, but it sends a message).