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Six in 10 New Yorkers Oppose Soda Ban

A poll by the New York Times says the majority of New Yorkers are against the plan, even if they aren't big soda drinkers themselves.

Sixty percent of New Yorkers oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, while only 36 percent agree with it, says a New York Times poll.

The Board of Health will vote on the proposal on Sept. 13 – and is likely to approve the ban. Of the 1,026 adults polled, the opposition to the plan spanned age, race, gender, political persuasion and soda consumption habits, says the Times.

“The ban is at the point where it is an infringement of civil liberties,” Liz Hare, 43, a scientific researcher in Queens, told the paper in a follow-up interview. “There are many other things that people do that aren’t healthy, so I think it’s a big overreach.”

The ban will have the biggest effect on black and Hispanic residents, who the Times found are much more likely to drink regular (non-diet) sodas.

Seventy percent of black New Yorkers, and about 60 percent of Hispanics, said they usually drank regular sodas, compared with nearly 40 percent of whites.

In Forest Hills, the management of Midway Theater on Queens Boulevard made a sugary splash with a marquee message to Bloomberg.

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Debra August 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Mayor Bloomberg is once again acting as if he were king...how dare he try to tell us what to drink and what not to drink. We are masters of our own bodies, are we not? Bloomberg comes up with these ideas not so that we could stay health but because he wants to thrust his power and see how far he gets. I hope the BOH does not vote a ban on large drinks. If I want to purchase & drink a 2 liter of soda, that is what I'll do. The mayor if going way over the limits on this on. He's obnoxious and arrogant and has a Napolean complex. Look what he did in order to get himself re-elected for a 3rd term, he overroad a vote of the citizens to not extend the term of office without concern for the citizens, only what he deemed was good for him. He didn't want Mayor Guilani to stay a little longer after Sept 11th because it would have have helped us to deal with the horrible tragedy, he wanted in there immediately and damn the citizens. But when it came to him to stretch his term, he did it. Don't allow this ban to take effect BOH and Bloomberg!!!!

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