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[POLL] Bye-Bye Super Size: NYC Plans Ban on Big Sodas

What's your take on Bloomberg's plan to rid the Big Apple of large sugary beverages?

Is Queens about to be restricted to little sodas?

If Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, that's what's coming next to your favorite five-borough restaurant, movie theater or street vendor.

The mayor plans to eliminate the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces in each of those places in an "ambitious" effort to combat obesity, The New York Times reported today.

“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” Bloomberg told the paper. 

Exemptions, such as for diet drinks and sales in supermarkets, are expected to be part of the new law, eyed for spring 2013, according to the Times.

It would mark the first such ban in the country, but follows the mayor's successful efforts to ban trans fats and curb public smoking.

The New York City Beverage Association is certainly not thrilled.

So what do you think? Is the mayor overstepping his bounds? Or is this a boon for public health? Share your thoughts in the comments and vote in the poll below. 

Toaster May 31, 2012 at 05:10 PM
He is over stepping his grounds this is not a communist country where the Government controls what you can eat or drink....
Astur May 31, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I believe that sometimes people can use a hand in making the right decision and this could help. Many people will finish whatever is in front of them as long as it is edible. This will give people a chance to realize that they really might be satisfied with the smaller amount. they can always order more after so this isn't the end of the world.
Kevin June 01, 2012 at 11:39 AM
What happened to the soda tax? That was the right way to deal with it, not to eliminate choice, but to properly price the economic costs of obesity to the city. We should be discouraging sugary drinks, not outlawing them.
Edith Tillem June 01, 2012 at 01:43 PM
ET Mayor, get out of my kitchen and dining room. Get the pot holes repaired, replace missing street signs,. Is there a Dept. of Sanitation ? The street are filthy. Public Schools are in chaos... And so it goes.
FurMOMBBB June 01, 2012 at 03:39 PM
What's Adolph Bloomberg gonna do next? Ban shoes with laces to avoid injuries that might fill the ER at a city hospital?? What he has done to this city is appalling, especially his destruction of the public schools!

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