NYC Health Board Approves Soda Ban
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg spearheaded the assault on sugary drinks that would limit the size of beverages served in fast food chains. In a series of Tweets, the Mayor celebrated the city’s new measure:
The ban will exclude the sale of any soda or energy drinks over the size of 16 ounces. This will exclude the sale of fruit juices and dairy products. Unless the measure is blocked by a judge, the new rule will take affect in six months. Brooklyn arena, the Barclay’s Center is the first to jump on board. Avid soda drinkers may have to “have their fill” before stepping in the arena, or pay more for multiple bottles to get their fix!
There is a major flaw in this new rule. In many fast food chains, soda fountains are open to the public. So although the cup size may be limited, what’s to stop customers from refilling or bring their own cups for that matter? Also, 2 liter and 3 liter bottles of soda will still be sold in supermarkets.
Although it appears to be an honest attempt at curving obesity, New Yorker’s don’t like their options taken away. Opponents vow to take legal action against the decision. So we ask, is limiting the size of soda a good or bad thing?
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