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New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks.

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New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large
sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street
carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular
sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports
arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any
cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the
size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would
be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take
effect as soon as next March.

The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or
convenience stores.

“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said in an interview on Wednesday in the
Governor’s Room at City Hall.

“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing
something,” he said. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to
do.”

A spokesman for the New York City Beverage Association, an arm of the
soda industry’s national trade group, criticized the city’s proposal on
Wednesday. The industry has clashed repeatedly with the city’s health
department, saying it has unfairly singled out soda; industry groups
have bought subway advertisements promoting their cause.
“The New York City health department’s unhealthy obsession with
attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top,” the industry
spokesman, Stefan Friedman, said. “It’s time for serious health
professionals to move on and seek solutions that are going to actually
curb obesity. These zealous proposals just distract from the hard work
that needs to be done on this front.”

Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal requires the approval of the Board of Health, a
step that is considered likely because the members are all appointed by
him, and the board’s chairman is the city’s health commissioner, who
joined the mayor in supporting the measure on Wednesday.
Mr. Bloomberg has made public health one of the top priorities of his
lengthy tenure, and has championed a series of aggressive regulations,
including bans on smoking in restaurants and parks, a prohibition against artificial trans fat in restaurant food and a requirement for health inspection grades to be posted in restaurant windows.
The measures have led to occasional derision of the mayor as Nanny
Bloomberg, by those who view the restrictions as infringements on
personal freedom. But many of the measures adopted in New York have
become models for other cities, including restrictions on smoking and
trans fats, as well as the use of graphic advertising to combat smoking
and soda consumption, and the demand that chain restaurants post calorie
contents next to prices.

In recent years, soda has emerged as a battleground in efforts to
counter obesity. Across the nation, some school districts have banned
the sale of soda in schools, and some cities have banned the sale of
soda in public buildings.

In New York City, where more than half of adults are obese or overweight, Dr. Thomas Farley, the health commissioner, blames sweetened drinks for up to half of the increase in
city obesity rates over the last 30 years. About a third of New Yorkers
drink one or more sugary drinks a day, according to the city. Dr. Farley
said the city had seen higher obesity rates in neighborhoods where soda
consumption was more common.

The ban would not apply to drinks with fewer than 25 calories per 8-ounce serving, like zero-calorie Vitamin Waters and unsweetened iced teas, as well as diet sodas.
Restaurants, delis, movie theater and ballpark concessions would be
affected, because they are regulated by the health department. Carts on
sidewalks and in Central Park would also be included, but not vending
machines or newsstands that serve only a smattering of fresh food items.

At fast-food chains, where sodas are often dispersed at self-serve
fountains, restaurants would be required to hand out cup sizes of 16
ounces or less, regardless of whether a customer opts for a diet drink.
But free refills — and additional drink purchases — would be allowed.



http://www.nytimes.com


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  • I'll have two 16 oz Cokes and an empty 32 oz cup please … one straw

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  • what gives him the right to make such a decree? what about freedom?

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    • @Eva_Destruction I know right... when is the last time someone here said "I am going to NYC!" like its a vacation spot? NOBODYYYYYY, NOBODYYYY BAYBEHHHH.

      except people who live outside the US maybe! :-|

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  • It's really sad to see Americans giving up their freedom year after year.

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  • This is a job creation measure .. the new Soda Police ... apply now

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  • and the libTARDS will thank who for this ?

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  • and then people will buy 2 instead of one. morons.

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  • A big, wet Bronx cheer to all you New Yorkers who voted for Mayor Blooming Idiot.

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  • Will the idiocy of these idiots ever end?
    Soon everything will be banned and we will all be forced to live bland, meaningless lives, with all concepts of "treats" taken from us by the "Nanny State" idiot government idiots. Once they ban the sodas, they will move on to the next offensive dangerous snack food, it never ends...
    No sodas, no candies, no snack foods, only celery sticks and tap water allowed.

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    • @squidlipz - It will never end, they have to justify their jobs.

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    • @squidlipz

      Good let everything be banned, that way regular people can make a living again selling every day items.

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    • @ogritch
      How will people make a living selling eveyday items if eveything is banned?
      Most "regular" people don't make or sell anything at all, they just work and buy stuff that other people have produced.
      Also, what, exactly defines an everyday item? I use many items everyday and some items every other day and some every other-other day, and so on and etc... It doesn't necessarily mean I don't need those every other-other day items any less than an everyday item...
      Your comment hold More..

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  • Bloomberg "The Nanny" is at it again.

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  • Isn't that protected by the US constitution? Something about the right to bare jumbo sippy cups or something. Stupid fucking nanny governments. "I can't have a jumbo soda? No problems give me two large ones" Governments making stupid laws so it looks like they're giving a fuck about your health.

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  • Lol, cant help but laugh, keep voting these idiots into office, this is retarded legislation whats to stop you from buying two or three sodas instead of one 16oz.

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  • What a shithole these fucking idiots have made New York into.

    America- land of the free- NOT. FUCK YOU NAZI FUCKS.

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  • If they really wanted to be useful they would stop sanctioning High Fructose Corn Syrup, and start sanctioning Glucose instead. It is the fructose that makes people obese, and it fucks up the liver, and causes diabetes. The only reason they put it in soda is because it is cheaper for them to use it. It is the meddling of the governmetn that caused the problem in the first place. Un-meddling might help, and meddling a little bit again to make the healthy sugar cheaper instead of the worst kind of More..

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    • @wellybub true that shit is even in the hotdogs you eat

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    • @wellybub - I call BS on that. HFCS has the same exact effects on the body as refined white granulated sugar. The body cannot tell the difference. It's the same, and it's equally bad for the body

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  • The subjects of New York City elected a King and they get what they deserve.
    Remember them the next time you are at a ball game and sing
    "and the land of the freeeeeee"
    The major problem is, the ass hats in the City of NY want to push their version of life on the rest of us.
    NO thank you.
    They ban the large size, what is next, what is to keep someone from buying two? Ooops sounds like another law coming.....

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  • Oh, I'm sure that will have a large effect.......why not ban sugary drinks all together.......

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  • oh good there cutting it down to a max 1 gallon ...

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  • Wasent N.Y the first to bring in the smoking ban?Half the pubs in G.B have shut because of that.Now they want our sweet shops!What next our chippies?

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    • @drivenwell2 Smoking should be illegal .kills more people than all the illegal drugs put together

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    • @markymark69 Your point is?

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    • @drivenwell2 My point is smoking kills not only the smoker but the people around them .why not ban it in public places .sugar is a killer and it's well documented.so why not make people aware of It through taxes and warnings

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    • @markymark69 Because i would sooner die a fucking fat cunt,with lung cancer.Than live in a fucking nazi nanny state.Run by pc bottom sucking cunt politicians.phew!

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    • @drivenwell2 Yeah but that's you which is fine if it only effects you .up till the late 70s people didn't really even know smoking kills you and the people around you .my dad used to smoke castellas in the car with 3 kids in it .
      As for sugar people don't know how bad it is for them ,so what's wrong with making people aware .doesnt mean it's a nazi state ,it's for the common good

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  • I don't drink soda anymore , but this is the dumbest thing I ever heard, all it will do is make people spend more money buying multiple sodas, probably even create more trash...
    I notice there's nothing prohibiting refills..hmmm

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  • If you have high cholesterol stop drinking soda and wait one month and then go get it checked .you will be amazed .

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  • Yay, more rules and regulations to make everyones' life harder.

    Fail, NY, fail.

    Although I do think it's RIDICULOUS that some chain-restaurants now offer a whole GALLON of sweet tea... in the drive-thru...

    No way there should be laws against soda. And what are they going to do about large containers of, say, orange juice? Tons of sugar...

    Sodacism?

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  • I don't drink soda.. Could care less... As long as they leave my beer alone. Regardless Bloomberg is a retarded fag that turned New York into his own private city, next thing you know it will be called bloomberg city. I met him once in my friends restaurant and I'm almost sure he takes it in the ass.

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  • This is the shit you get from the deomocunts.

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    • @Western-Horseman


      Hey shit head....the mayor was a former Republian TURD who jumped ship right before Bush brought down your party.....Ron Paul will guaranteee Obama wins another 4 yrs....get used to it

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    • @Western-Horseman - yeah right, The Republicants wouldn't dare do anything that the corporations told them not to.

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