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Six in Ten New Yorkers Oppose Soda Ban

A poll by the New York Times says most New Yorkers are against the plan, even if they aren't big soda drinkers themselves.

A total 60 percent of New Yorkers oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, while only 36 percent agree with it, according to a New York Times poll.

The Board of Health will vote on the proposal on Sept. 13 – and is likely to approve the ban. Of the 1,026 adults polled, the opposition to the plan spanned age, race, gender, political persuasion and soda consumption habits, the Times reported.

“The ban is at the point where it is an infringement of civil liberties,” Liz Hare, 43, a scientific researcher in Queens, told the paper in an interview. “There are many other things that people do that aren’t healthy, so I think it’s a big overreach.”

A Patch poll in late May found that 67 percent of readers disagreed with the ban, while 27 percent said they thought it was a good idea.

Harriet Brown August 25, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Isn't this supposed to be a free country?
Phil Konigsberg August 25, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I am on top of the fence on this topic. If the proposal is approved, someone will still be able to purchase more that 16 ounces of soda but they will need to buy more than one drink. I will reiterate my previous comment, although somewhat edited from the Patch article and poll taken on May 31, 2012: Marketing is clearly the reason that the super-sized drink is the choice of so many children and adults. How many of you remember stopping at a soda vending machine on the road, putting in your coins, turning the lever, and pulling out your beverage choice? Do you remember the size of those glass bottles? It was only 6.5 ounces and satisfied the thirst quench for most of us then. Today's soft drinks are super-sized a bit much.
Harriet Brown August 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
But, you don't have to buy that size.
max August 26, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Are we going to have soda police hiding behind bushes. They will then jump out and issue a ticket? Will they stop and frisk to see if the bulge in you pocket is a 20oz bottle of soda? It is a rediculous concept out law cigarettes first.

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