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Though Most New Yorkers Oppose Big Soda Ban, Mayor Won't Budge

Despite a public outcry against the proposal, the mayor is going ahead with his plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces.

Though two recent polls found that more than half of New Yorkers oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sodas, the mayor said on Tuesday that he’s not budging from his stance, says the Wall Street Journal.

When asked Tuesday if the public outcry against the ban has made him reconsider the proposal, the mayor replied, "No."

A Quinnipiac University poll earlier this month showed city voters oppose the proposal, 54 percent to 42 percent. found that 60 percent of those polled opposed the ban, while 36 percent supported it.

"The mayor doesn't care what people think – if the mayor cared what people think, he would have withdrawn it altogether," Council Member Oliver Koppell, D-Bronx, told the Journal. "I just find it offensive to interfere in people's lives in such a way."

“All we're doing is saying that restaurants and movie theaters can't use greater than 16-ounce cups,” said Mayor Bloomberg at a press conference in the South Bronx on Tuesday. “But if you want to buy five of them and drink it, you can go ahead and do it.”

Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance, a trade group, said that the courts would decide the issue, explaining that the administration brought the proposal to the Board of Health – a panel chosen by the mayor – instead of the City Council.

"The mayor sees this as a mandate, not a legislative issue to be debated," Bookman told the paper.

rd August 31, 2012 at 07:37 PM
WRONG! Larger sizes cost less per oz. Look at a unit price at the grocery store. If you cant buy a 32oz your will instead buy two 16oz which cost more than the 32oz. I am actually surprise the soda companies are against this for that reason. Guess they actually believe in freedom? Wonder what the bloomberg exercise requirement will be... that cant be far behind this stupid rule. My guess is he wont go after the big steaks.... i think he eats steak.
Hugh Jassols August 31, 2012 at 09:05 PM
rd is right buy a big mac, fries and coke = 8.00 but the meal and its around 6.00 but then super size it for 1.00 more and you get twice as much soda and fries! Thing is they make the most profit from soda and fries which cost pennies on the dollar to make and sell. It is a preying on the get more for your money campaign but you have to be smart behind it if I super size it I get a separate burger and split the fries and the drink with my spouse most of the time I wind up throwing out half the fries and most of the drink. Its just that some people no matter what will consume whatever you put in front of them even if they are full.
Curiositykilledthecat September 01, 2012 at 01:50 AM
A part of the story that happens to be forgotten is that the Mayor tried first to have an additional tax on sodas--much like the additional tax on cigarettes and liquor. I'm not sure about alcohol, but government intervention to discourage smoking has CERTAINLY reduced smoking-related illness and the associated costs. However, that was overruled by the folks in Albany, so this size thing is the Mayor's Plan B. I don't like it, and I suspect he likes it less than his Plan A, but the basics of public policy are all there: sugary drinks are a significant contributor to obesity, and obesity-related illness has a huge cost for taxpayers, and encouraging people to make a more thoughtful decision about what they are about to ingest ("do I really need to order TWO 16 ounce drinks?") results in their ingesting less. I agree this is a really interesting topic, and one of the few that I'm not entirely on one side or the other.
Carmen September 01, 2012 at 06:31 PM
just like early childhood education was at the top of his list when he was running for his seat? and look now, he is the one cutting funding to daycare and after-school programs. Hey bloomie, instead of spending millions on banning big drinks, why don't you stop cutting funding on these programs and get kids off their sofa's and out from in front of computers and exercising!
Jenny September 01, 2012 at 08:45 PM
actually, that last comment is very interesting. i'm not really sure where i stand either. i could make a case either way i think.

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