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Patch's Poll: Should New York City Ban Sugary Drinks?

The New York City Board of Health approves Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on soda and sugary drinks over 16 ounces. It will take effect in six months.

 

When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed banning large sodas and other sugary drinks from city food carts, restaurants and movie theaters, an outcry erupted, and it wasn't only from the companies that make soda. It was also from those who believe that individuals should be responsible for the choices they make when it comes to a legal product.

Ultimately, the New York City Board of Health agreed with Bloomberg this week that public health concerns about obesity outweigh, so to speak, an individual's desire to consume a bucket of soda.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the policy will go into effect in six months unless a judge blocks it. The soft drink industry has vowed to continue its fight in the courts.

According to the New York Times, the policy will affect any sweetened drink in a container larger than 16 ounces, including non-diet soda, energy drinks and presweetened iced teas.

"The restrictions would not affect fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; no-calorie diet sodas would not be affected, but establishments with self-service drink fountains, like many fast-food restaurants, would not be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces," the Times wrote.

Movies theaters and stadium concession stands would be affected, but grocery stores and convenience stores — including 7-Elevens, which sell the Big Gulp — would be exempt, along with vending machines and some newsstands.

Where do you stand on the issue? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Jayne Keedle September 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I would second Sandy's comment here. When the name-calling starts, the argument is lost. Passions tend to run high when it comes to politics and for the most part the discussions are informative and the ideas well-presented but a civil debate should always be civil. Thanks for sharing all your comments on Patch!
Mary N September 16, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Of all the issues in the world to debate over, this is just ridiculous and not worth tax payers money. People know to eat well, exercise, not smoke, not drink excessively, etc. But people can make their own decisions. Are we going to be forced to exercise too? Come on. (and I like the big drinks bcs we buy one for our family and share - when we get soda on that rare occasion. saving money! haha)
Kate Geary September 16, 2012 at 08:10 PM
"He's not a bad mayor, but no hero either. His assault on mega-drinks is silly, but it doesn't mean he, or any liberal for that matter, want to tell you what to wear, eat, etc" Sandy, you are delusional if you think that this is just a "silly" matter. Truth is the new hate speech. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITUH1Mt0N8E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLzlQ7WrvfQ&feature=endscreen A thug is a thug is a thug.
Howard Smith September 16, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I am very heartened by the awareness of the people involved in this discussion and passion is a great thing when your liberty is at stake. Your liberty has been stolen one big gulp at a time so it seems painless until you are over the cliff and it's too late. We are very close too the edge but we are not over it ...yet. Southeastern Connecticut Tea Party Patriots meet the 1st Wednesday of the Month at the Groton Public Library @ 7:PM We want your passion.
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