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New York Soda Ban Approved: NYC Will Say Goodbye To Big Gulps

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The New York Soda ban was approved today by the city’s Board of Health.

That means that it will soon be illegal for New Yorks to by venti Frappucinos, big gulp slurpees, or any sugar-sweetened drink in a cup larger than 16-ounces.

The Huffington Post reports that nine members of the Board of Health voted to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban. One abstained.

New York’s soda ban will cover restaurants, delis, movie theaters, and sports stadiums. The ban does not cover grocery stores, diet sodas, alcohol, or drinks that are mor than 70-percent fruit juice.

The strange law has been met with criticism as people accuse Bloomberg of enforcing a nanny state in New York. Samantha Levine, a Bloomberg spokeswoman, said that people lodged similar complaints when the city implemented a smoking ban.

Levine said:

“We’ve heard these claims of pending apocalypse before when we proposed bold public health initiatives, and they have been proven false… Critics predicted the end of tourism and that businesses would sink when we banned smoking in bars and restaurants, yet we’ve grown tourism to record levels and the restaurant and bar industry continues to grow.”

The ban hasn’t gone into effect yet. According to the NY Times the Soda Ban will begin in about six months. At that time restaurants will risk a $200 fine if they sell a sugary beverage in a cup larger than 16 0z.

What do you think about the New York Soda Ban? Mayor Bloomberg hailed it as the biggest step any city has taken to curb obesity.

Bloomberg said:

But not everyone is on board…

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35 Responses to “New York Soda Ban Approved: NYC Will Say Goodbye To Big Gulps”

  1. Anonymous

    The law specifically excludes convenience stores. So it will not make Big Gulps or Slurpees illegal.

  2. Anonymous

    The NYC ban specifically excludes convenience stores. So it will not make Big Gulps or Slurpees illegal.

  3. Prince Thomas

    this is beyond retarted when will the govnt stop blaming the items for obesity its the persons choice to consume the damn drink cant just fly into your throat you know.

  4. Brian McTamaney

    This is disgusting! For liberals who bitch about "the right to choose" they sure are quick to tell me what I HAVE to do when they're in power. Nazi scumbags!

  5. Steven Calhoun

    Hey wait a minute! Just tax the hell out of this health hazard like you done cigarettes. Isn't that the real reason for the ban? You are trying to see what you can get away with aren't you. You health officials don't generate revenue so your trying to see if this will fly. What about obese people? Why not tax the hell out of a Big Mac. This is how sickening you are.

  6. Otto Mattson

    its our right to buy things we want.they are trying to take our fredom away.not right.when is enough.americans have given up.we need to start fighting back at these people.

  7. Melanie Sidran

    I respect your right to an opinion. However, you need to know what you are talking about when you call someone or something a Nazi. The Nazis are white power radicals who murdered hundreds of thousands of people who did not fit a certain physical look or agree with their religion. Just because your view of how to handle the obesity epidemic clearly differs from a more liberal perspective does not give you the right to toss names out like that. Please engage in more civil discourse if you disagree. It's attacks like these that are ruining our country, and the youth's faith in our country. What happened to the lessons we were taught in kindergarten- learning to share, using inside voices, etc.?

  8. Anonymous

    Oh, please people… Nobody opposed the taking off the "Super Size" option a few years ago… =/ This is not about taking away freedom… You are reading way too deep into it… its just about sugar and obesity in America. You still have the choice of being those big size diabetes machines in bodegas, convenient stores and supermarkets. Personally, I believe NY is one of the healthiest cities in the nation… They should've done this in the south…

  9. Anonymous

    Oh, please people… Nobody opposed the taking off the "Super Size" option a few years ago… =/ This is not about taking away freedom… You are reading way too deep into it… its just about sugar and obesity in America. You still have the choice of being those big size diabetes machines in bodegas, convenient stores and supermarkets. Personally, I believe NY is one of the healthiest cities in the nation… They should've done this in the south…

  10. Anonymous

    They are also not blaming the items… The government just doesnt trust or believe people are smart enough to make healthy choices… Its sad, and I wouldnt like to believe this.. but obesity is a problem across the entire nation, so people abuse food. =/ American's will live on average a lot shorter than the rest of the world if they continue like this.

  11. Anonymous

    They are also not blaming the items… The government just doesnt trust or believe people are smart enough to make healthy choices… Its sad, and I wouldnt like to believe this.. but obesity is a problem across the entire nation, so people abuse food. =/ American's will live on average a lot shorter than the rest of the world if they continue like this.

  12. Anonymous

    I should also add something to this. The law doesnt stop you from purchasing 2 16-Oz cups of soda or sugary drinks.. So you can go ahead and purchase that if you really need 32Oz of soda.

    Common sense people…

  13. Anonymous

    You ban soda where ii live I would start killing people that's a promise I am 31 years old never drank no drugs no cigs but I love my soda lol I am not fat and I drink the Sh__ out of soda so guess ill have to stay in FL and move if they ban it here lol.

  14. James Glotz

    Just to screw with NY for making such a bull shit law make a 15.9OZ Soda Cup and suck it NY.

  15. Kevin Luebbert

    This is horse shit! People need to learn self control, and practice regular exercise. It makes me furious that the Gov't can place a ban on this.

  16. Cindy Strong

    This is just another way to make $$$, Now instead of buying a 32oz soda people are going to buy 2 16 oz sodas, if 16 oz it is not enough for someone they will buy more geez!

  17. Brian McTamaney

    Melanie, the Nazi's started off by controlling the people. Telling them what to think and what to feel. In my mind it's best to nip in the bud before it gets out of hand and we're living in a dictatorship. To many people blindly support this nonsense because they're told that "it's good for you". The reality is I know whats good for me and the government doesn't have any damn say, whatsoever!

  18. Ana Cid

    This is not going 2 make a differece take the big gulp away and I'll just buy 2 larges. Like they took super size fries away I just bought 2 larger ones. So if people want it they will fine a way 2 get it.

  19. Anonymous

    Well on the flip side ill save money. Because I waste more soda then I actually drink. The ice melts quick and becomes watery.