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Supersized Soda Ban Gaining Opponents

Pols are speaking out against Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban of sugary drinks over 16 ounces.

Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to thwart obesity through may have a few more hurtles to pass.

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told the New York Post this week that he’s considering legislation at the state level to halt the mayor’s plan to limit soda cup size to 16 ounces.

“We may be getting too close to Big Brother,” Silver told the Post.

The ban would only apply to drinks with 25 calories or more per eight ounces, so diet sodas, fruit juices and dairy-based drinks would be exempt.

"This 'law' is embarrassingly easy to get around," said Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, adding, "All you have to do is go to a different store and buy another small drink, which would add up to more than 16 ounces.  If anyone wants to continue drinking large sodas, this pointless law won't stop them."

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who typically supports the mayor, also spoke out against the proposed ban, saying that it would be more helpful to educate people about healthier choices, says the article.

Still, the Wall Street Journal (paywall) points out that the ban wouldn’t take effect until March 2013, leaving less than a year before Bloomberg’s successor assumes office.

"The city should be educating students in our schools about good health and not limiting what our citizens can purchase," Bill Thompson, a former city comptroller, told the Journal. "Ten years into this administration and this is the best they can come up with?"

Laura Madsen June 02, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Yes it is.... I'm a Patch blogger in NJ, and have my own blogging site, too. My opinion on the matter was published here on my personal blogging site as well in some other Patch venues: http://www.theladyinredblog.com/1/post/2012/05/bloombergs-bubbly-beverage-ban.html
Harriet Brown June 02, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I absolutely oppose the mayor's proposed ban on large sugary drinks. If this goes through, what would be next? White bread? Steak? French Fries? Chocolate? Caffeine? If he wants to end child obesity, let him restore funding for after school programs and daycare. Let him make the streets safe so that children can walk to school and play outside without adult supervision. If he is concerned about adult obesity, all he has to do is look in the mirror. With all his anti-smoking measures, he nees to remember that when you quit smoking, you gain weight. He needs sugary drinks to sweeten his dispositon.
DOM June 08, 2012 at 08:13 PM
It is another scheme to raise revenue for the city by fining businesses and keeping the camel's nose under their tents. Bravo to the small businesses and vendors for refusing this ridiculous law. Like they don't have enough regulations and city red tape to deal with.

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