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NEW YORK CITY Ban to hit eateries’ big, sugary drinks

Published: Fri, September 14, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


New York City cracked down on the sale of super- sized sodas and other sugary drinks Thursday in what was celebrated by some as a groundbreaking attempt to curb obesity but condemned by others as a blatant intrusion into people’s lives.

Public health experts around the nation — and the restaurant and soft-drink industry — will be watching closely to see how it goes over among New Yorkers, a famously disputatious bunch. Barring any court action, the measure will take effect in March.

The regulations, approved easily by the city Board of Health, apply to any establishment with a food- service license, including fast-food places, delis, movie and Broadway theaters, the concession stands at Yankee Stadium and the pizzerias of Little Italy. They will be barred from serving sugary beverages in cups or bottles larger than 16 ounces.

No other U.S. city has gone so far as to restrict portion sizes at restaurants to fight weight gain.

“We cannot continue to have our kids come down with diabetes at age 6,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The mayor rejected suggestions that the rule constitutes an assault on personal liberty. “Nobody is banning anything,” he said, noting that restaurant customers can still buy as much soda as they want, as long as they are willing to carry it in multiple containers.

He said the inconvenience is well worth the potential public-health benefit, and likened the city’s actions to measures taken decades ago to phase out lead in household paint.

Others, though, likened the ban to Prohibition. A New York Times poll last month showed that 6 in 10 New Yorkers opposed the restrictions.

The restrictions do not apply to supermarkets or most convenience stores, because such establishments are not subject to Board of Health regulation.


1Photoman(1081 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Has anyone else noticed that government, whether it is federal, state or local, always seems to think that it knows what is best for us and, most often, doesn't even bother to ask us for permission to proceed with their plans? Does government really know that it is an employee of the people?

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2redeye1(5171 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Hey, they voted Bloomberg in, its no one else fault but their own. This guy is a nut. The voters should have realized that sooner.

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3southsidedave(5119 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

More of our freedoms are slowly being taken away...stay tuned on what happens next.

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4YtownParent(510 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Excessive pop/soda consumption is just as detrimental to personal health (diabetes, obesity) as smoking. While it doesn't have the second hand smoke effects on the rest of the public, it does hit everyone's wallets in the form of higher health insurance costs & higher medicare/medicaid payouts.

Until we do away with all health insurance, public as well as private, and people bear the costs of their behavior solely out of their own pockets, boards of health will keep blocking those behaviors and/or making them more expensive and/or adding more taxes to them. This is just one more law that does all three.

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