Thursday, September 13, 2012
NYC bans big sugary drinks -- at targeted places
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.
Staff William M. Dowd at 3:31 PM