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Large Soda Ban Approved by Board of Health

Starting next year, sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces will be banned, with vendors facing a $200 fine.

The New York City Board of Health voted Thursday to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks – despite outrage from soda manufacturers – in an effort to curb city obesity rates.

Starting on March 12, sales of sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces will be banned at restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas, says the Wall Street Journal. The city will begin fining sellers $200 for violating the ban in mid-June.

The proposal passed by a vote of eight to zero, with one abstention, one absence and one vacancy on the board, says the paper. 

As expected, beverage manufacturers quickly fired back at the mayor. Advocacy group New Yorkers for Beverage Choices released a statement saying that they are “exploring all avenues to challenge the Board’s ruling, including in court.”

“The fix was in from the beginning, and the Mayor’s handpicked board followed their orders by passing this discriminatory ban; but it has not passed with the support of New Yorkers,” said Liz Berman, business owner and chairwoman of New Yorkers for Beverage Choices. “It’s sad that the board wants to limit our choices.  We are smart enough to make our own decisions about what to eat and drink.”

And though the proposal to ban large sodas , an August poll found that .

Backers of the proposal pointed to the fact that 58 percent of New York City adults are overweight or obese, as well as 20 percent of public school children (grades Kingergarten through eighth).

What do you think? Is the Board of Health approval of the large soda ban a good thing? Tell us in the comments

Parksloper September 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Patti; you are so conditioned by liberals telling you what your needs should be that you are absolutely clueless about freedom of choice. Sad. ( bloomberg is not a republican). This is all about getting more taxes anyway. Else he would go after pizza, donuts, cupcakes etc. Doesn't the little dictator have better things to do like getting new yorkers jobs for instance.
BRADY September 14, 2012 at 09:32 PM
richard "I SAY LET'S SEE IF THE SODA SIZE LIMIT WORKS(AS BEST WE CAN ESTIMATE THE EFFECT)" who exactly is WE and the effect could take years to estimate. a large soda causes obesity sure it does, so does any one of the icecream shops ,bakerys,bagel shops and restaurants that park slope is filled with can you imagine the outcry if the govt stepped in and told them you cant sell yor butter ,oil,sugar filled goods anymore
BRADY September 14, 2012 at 09:38 PM
ELLEN CONLEY. i said the same thing the last time,and look what happened then ,(i actually voted for term limits,so much for VOTE OR DIE as MTV and the celebrites put it) what makes you think he'll leave this time,
John M. September 15, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I agree 100% with you Debra...
Ken September 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
As I've said so many times in the past..."Who was running against Bloomberg who was better...Thompson? Barron? Get real!! Maybe I don't agree with everything he's done, but who's better? Oh, anyone? Think about that before you say it. There's a lot of people who can fit in there!!


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