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[POLL] Bye-Bye Super Size: NYC Plans Ban on Big Sodas

What's your take on Bloomberg's plan to rid the Big Apple of large sugary beverages?

No more big sodas in the Big Apple?

If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, that's what's coming next to your favorite five-borough restaurant, movie theater or street vendor.

The mayor plans to eliminate the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces in each of those places in an "ambitious" effort to combat obesity, The New York Times reported today.

“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” Bloomberg told the paper. 

Exemptions, such as for diet drinks and sales in supermarkets, are expected to be part of the new law, eyed for spring 2013, according to the Times.

It would mark the first such ban in the country, but follows the mayor's successful efforts to ban trans fats and curb public smoking.

The New York City Beverage Association is certainly not thrilled.

So nanny-state-gone-mad or nice job Bloomie?

Michelle May 31, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I think it's a good idea, people don't need the extra calories from large drinks.
Eric McClure May 31, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Since the "small" soda at a sporting event or movie theater is probably 20 ounces, I'm all for it. Who wants to drink that much soda, anyway?
Sara May 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I mean, on one hand people should be able to choose for themselves what they want and how much, but on the other, obesity has gotten so out of control that maybe it's time for this. Another idea --since we put a tax on cigarettes to deter people from buying them because they're bad for you, why can't we do something like that with fast foods and other big contributors to obesity? The limiting of sugary drinks will only help so much....
Anthony June 01, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Adolf Bloomberg is at it again.
Rick Oshea June 01, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Yes drinking soda and consuming large amounts of sugar is bad for you. But how incredibly arrogant that you should tell someone else what they can or can't do. Yes people should perhaps be educated about their choices but don't dictate. We sholdn't eat bacon either. Perhaps it's time to ban that.
Chicken Underwear June 01, 2012 at 12:16 PM
But a there is not a giant agro-businns making mad money from anyone eating a pound of bacon while watching a movie.
Gregg June 01, 2012 at 01:58 PM
And what exactly will keep people from simply buying 2 sodas, if they want? This is a half-baked concept, from Dictator Bloomberg.
Patti June 01, 2012 at 02:25 PM
It does make your back straighten up and say don't tell me what to do. I can agree with that; I would suggest the oversized anything be eliminated and if people want to buy 2 then go for it. And, maybe the surgeon general wants to put a message on each bottle, cup of soda explaining why it's bad for you.
Marcia C. June 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
People definitely don't need to drink the huge drinks, however, it should be their choice.
MisterSpuddy June 06, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Psssst, don't tell Bloomberg, apparently he likes it- maybe he doesn't know that's bad for us too?
Peter June 06, 2012 at 04:05 AM
A shame his attempt to tax sugary drinks failed, that made more sense. The external cost of soda (obesity, health issues, productivity issues, etc) far outweigh the benefits. Coke & Pepsi make a fortune, the taxpayers cover the burden.
Omaro Kujo June 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM
This is a joke. So the soda companies will make more money when people buy two smaller drinks instead of one larger one.
Ladydi69126 June 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM
No one has the right to dictate to someone what they drink eat smoke etc. Who died and left you boss Bloomberg? Grant it most of this stuff is no good for you in mass quantities but where do you draw the line on your rights as a taxpayer?
Dorothy Williams July 04, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Since Mr. Bloomberg got term limits overturned for himself I guess he believes he has the right to tell everyone what to do, what to eat, and how to think. I think taxpayers need to give him a big wake up call. We didn't originally elect him to be our overseer, but to keep the economy in line. Just because he's rich he thinks he has the right to tell us all what to do.

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