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NYC Proposes Ban on Sale of Oversized Sodas

Thursday May 31, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City plans to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in an effort to combat obesity.

The proposed first-in-the-nation ban would impose a 16-ounce limit on the size of sweetened drinks sold at restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts. It would apply to bottled drinks as well as fountain sodas.

The ban, which could take effect as soon as March, would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks or alcoholic beverages. Nor would it include drinks sold in grocery or convenience stores. Food establishments that don’t downsize would face fines of $200.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that he "thinks it’s what the public wants the mayor to do."

A spokesman for the New York City Beverage Association, Stefan Friedman, criticized the proposal as "zealous." He said officials should seek solutions that are actually going to curb obesity.

The proposal requires the approval of the city’s Board of Health, which is considered likely because its members are all appointed by Bloomberg.

Under the three-term mayor, the city has campaigned aggressively against obesity, including outlawing trans-fats in restaurant food and forcing chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus.

The Bloomberg administration has tried other ways to make soda consumption less appealing. The mayor supported a state tax on sodas, but the measure died in Albany, and he tried to restrict the use of food stamps to buy sodas, an idea federal regulars rejected.

City Hall’s latest proposal does not require outside approval, according to The New York Times, although public hearings will be held.

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  • Anonymous, 2012-06-02 21:13:24

    It won’t work, instead of buying 1 big drink people will buy 2 smaller ones.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-03 04:51:31

    Yeah to many loopholes. Besides who really wants our "free" government to tell us what we can and can’t have when we are footing the bills. The only logical way to combat obesity is through education. And its not going to be 100 percent effective. People deserve their right to choose where their weight is comfortable to them.Due to my height and build structure for me to be ’avg’ weight according to our country’s health sources I would look literally anorexic. i’m comfortable with extra weight if I feel I look the way I see myself and am healthy.. And aren’t diet sodas packed with sugar?


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