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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

Debra September 13, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Czar Bloomberg strikes again!!!! How can this guy get away with choosing the people who will vote on the DOH board for what he wants to pass and no one says or does anything against him to stop this communistic deed?? Little Napolean needs to go. How dare he tell us what we should eat or drink. When did NY become a communist city with Bloomberg as the ruler??? Oh yeah, I know when, when he allowed himself a 3rd term as Mayor. He broke all the rules back then too and no one said or did anything to stop him. I suppose he really does have that much power or some people. It is disgraceful that he can get away with this in the name of "healthy living", Mr. Bloomberg, don't tell me how to live my life, live your own.
Eric McClure September 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Looking forward to being able to buy a soda smaller than 32 oz. at a movie or ballgame.
Richard September 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Well It seems to be a conundrum. Unfortunately, if it is true that 58 % of New Yorkers are obese (wow) then what Liz Berman, business owner and chairwoman of New Yorkers for Beverage Choices says, that “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" is also true, but problematic. Apparently, New Yorkers are having a difficult time making "healthy" choices. Individual liberty vs. the communal good. Keep in my mind that obesity leads to significant health problems, and increases health insurance premiums and taxes that the rest of us pay for. I say let's see if the soda size limit works ( as best we can estimate the effect).
W J September 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I will spend my money where it is wanted. A win for Long Island and Westchester!!! Typical Bloomberg, btw, how is he still in office? He's a disgrace and we the sad people of NYC attempt to justify his highness. The rest of us pay the price.
slopegal September 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM
It is not that bad choices or good, it is what the individual wants for themselves..The people want to have the right to choose, bottom line,if people think that one item is the reason for obesity your only kidding yourself. Everyone had that one thing they enjoy..woods, wine, coffee, eggs,bacon liquer whatever it may be, do you really need officials telling you how much to intake? Is that what you really want?
Rick Oshea September 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Funny Mr McClure, I never had a problem buying a smaller size beverage at a movie or a ballgame. It seems a little arrogant to impose your views on other people. If you want a small beverage buy a small one. If someone else wants a large one let them buy one. I know, a crazy idea right?
Rick Oshea September 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Let me rephrase that. It is INCREDIBLY arrogant of you Mr McClure to want to impose your standards of beverage consumption on other people. Let's throw in condescending too. And while we're at it let's throw in hypocritical since you have railed against a proposal that bikers inthat new rental program be required to wear helmets.
Patti September 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
All those people wanting a "BIG" drink can go to convenience stores in NYC and get the size they just need to have.
ELLEN CONLEY September 14, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I CAN'T WAIT FOR NOV '13 WHEN THIS EGOMANIC LEAVES, I HOPE NEW YORK FOR GOOD. A WORD TO THE WISE NEW YORKER, STAY AWAY FROM CHRISTINE QUINN, WHO WANTS TO BE THE NEXT MAYOR. BLOOMBERG IS FUNDING HER CANDIDACY W/ $$$ WHICH MEANS IF SHE WINS, HE WILL STILL BE RUNNING THE CITY. TIME FOR A CHANGE THRU OUT OUR GOVERMENT WHICH IS FILLED WITH THIEVES. ELLIEBREZY@AOL.COM
Parksloper September 14, 2012 at 07:16 PM
What else do you need the gov't to decide for you Eric?
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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