NYC proposes ban on sale of oversize sodas

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Submitted: Thu, 05/31/2012 - 6:04pm
Updated: Thu, 05/31/2012 - 6:10pm

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say they believe their proposed ban on large sodas and other sugary drinks in eateries will prove popular with residents and start a national trend.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration formally announced the proposal Thursday. It’s the first time a city has proposed such a ban.

The ban on drinks over 16 ounces would apply only to sweetened options that contain more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It would not apply to diet soda or any other calorie-free drink. Any drink that is at least half milk or milk substitute would be exempted, as would juice and alcoholic drinks.

The proposal drew strong reaction from the Coca-Cola Co.

The company says in a statement that “The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes.”

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  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    The people of New York have shown what a politician would kill for.

    An ignorant voter pool that will go along with anything the govt wants.

    No wonder we’re seeing more NY tags around here.

    I don’t blame you, if I lived in a screwed up, trash filled, crime riddled, only crooks can have guns city I’d move too.

    He is supposed to be a republican, but I can hardly stand to call him an American.

    He is actively trying to trash the 2nd amendment that provides you protection, while he lives in a gated community with armed security guards to protect him.

    People need to be vigilant, or lose more of your rights. Even if it’s a right to drink how much and what you want.

  • Guest666 says:

    Yep….while they are sipping on their mini-sodas (with free refills) they’ll be downing their quadraple cheese burger with half-pound of bacon with super-sized fries. Then, they will go out and light up. At least sodas don’t have fat content.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    So the government of this crime ridden, gang ridden, homeless ridden, filthy city thinks this is important? Wow, hope their voters remember this.

  • SMBeez says:

    This is just another case of the Gov’t over stepping the boundaries. Government is designed to provide services and protection for the people. If people decide to be stupid or not use common sense it is not the job of the Gov’t to stop them!!!
    Take your “Idiot” laws and stuff them where the sun doesn’t shine!!!

  • Robo says:

    Most poll results I have seen are opposed to this Mayor’s crossing the line in terms of trying to control food and drink purchases of individuals. In fact, in NYC they will likely just have to buy more smaller sizes to get around his edicts. And that will drive up their prices more.

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