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Mayor Bloomberg Wants Soft Drink Ban Expanded Statewide

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New York Major Michael Bloomberg feels so strongly about his city’s upcoming soft drink ban that he believes the policy should be expanded statewide.

Starting March 12, New York City will ban the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces within restaurants, food cards, concession stands, and other sources of fast food. Violators will face a fine starting in June.

Convenience stores are off the hook. Under New York state law, gas stations and supermarkets are regulated by the state government, placing them out of Mayor Bloomberg’s reach. At a news conference in Brooklyn, Bloomberg was asked if movie theaters, bowling alleys, nightclubs, and restaurants should have the same freedom to sell soft drinks as supermarkets.

“The state should do exactly the same thing in stores,” Bloomberg said in response.

The mayor views his policy as a means of combating the growing epidemic of obesity.

“Kids, once they get obese, they will be obese as adults,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “And this year, for the first time in the world, in the history of humanity, more people will die from overeating than from under-eating.”

The new policy does not prevent consumers from buying as many drinks as they want. If a customer does not feel satisfied by the amount of a particular beverage available in their 16 ounce cup, they can simply buy another.

bloomberg-soft-drink-new-york“We’re not banning anything, other than saying you have to serve it in portions of 16 ounces or less,” Bloomberg said. “We’re just trying to encourage you and educate you that this is probably not the greatest thing for you, and all of the research done shows that portion control really does work.”

The New York City Board of Health approved the initiative in September. Opponents of Mayor Bloomberg’s soft drink ban have challenged the law in court, but there has not yet been a ruling.

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14 Responses to “Mayor Bloomberg Wants Soft Drink Ban Expanded Statewide”

  1. Scott Alan

    An excellent example of the out of control do gooders. I am embarrassed and ashamed for the mayor and the health board and the population of New York City. This is so mindlessly pathetic as not to be believed. It is disgraceful what has happened to our society and for the residents of the city to elect someone who has obvious mental problems. No? How unbalanced do you have to be to even venture into this kind of tyranny? Pop? Cups? Shame on all of them.

  2. Kevin Baugh

    This is just pure communism. If people want to drink soda then it's their choice. The government should not be allowed to control what we eat or drink, or even how much we eat or drink. So like I said this is just communism.

  3. Anonymous

    What is next? Will this really solve anything? Bloomberg pull your head out of your… and get to work on the real issues!

  4. Kevin Baugh

    it's not going to solve anything. Our government in this country are spending too much money and time, worrying about the dumb things, when they need to start worrying about the more important things. It's a form of communism.

  5. Mark E. Hobson

    Who is bloomjerk to control what we eat or drink? Last I knew USA was still a free country… Bloomjerk cant stick a 2lt bottle where the sun don't shine! Damn Commu

  6. Steve Ashcraft

    Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler would be proud of the direction that this country is headed in. Got your papers comrade? Z Kiel!