Thursday, September 13, 2012

NYC bans big sugary drinks -- at targeted places

The New York City Board of Health today went along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's push to rid the city of big sugary drinks. At least those sold in restaurants, theaters, workplace cafeterias, concession stands and the like.

But, while the new regulation limits the sale of anything larger than a 16-ounce cup or bottle of non-diet soda, sweetened teas and other such beverages, it exempts those sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.

It also does not limit the number of 16-ounce or smaller drinks one person may purchase.

The controversial measure, which will take effect in March 2013,  has been assailed by beverage industry groups as well as many private citizens, while Bloomberg and his allies say it is a good step to take to combat obesity.

New Yorkers for Beverage Choices, a group sponsored by the soft drink industry,  says it has gathered more than 250,000 signatures on petitions opposing the measure. Its spokesman, Eliot Hoff, says it is considering either a lawsuit or taking legislative options, or both.


  1. phishbone writes:

    Do not agree with the new bans. However, the loopholes left in seem to show an extremely half-assed way of legislation. They need to be "all-in" or not in at all (I would prefer the latter). Ultimately, this causes a lot of hoopla for relatively little actual change in our national health philosophy. Horrible waste of legislator time and taxpayer money.

  2. John Fahey writes:

    How effective is this "feel good" law? Rewrite it to prohibit more than one ounce of liquor, five ounces of wine, and 12 ounces of beer per serving and see what happens.