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Should Suffolk Follow NYC Soda Ban?

The NYC Board of Health has banned the sale of sugary drinks more than 16 ounces.

The New York City Board of Health on Thursday morning took a step in a direction they believe will help curb obesity in the metropolitan area.

The board voted 8-0 to ban the sale of super-sized sugary drinks in Manhattan.

The Associated Press reports:

The regulation, which was proposed in the spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved by panel of health experts after several months of review, puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.

According to the Daily News, supermarkets and convenience stores like 7-Eleven and its (in)famous Big Gulp are exempt from the ban because "the restriction applies only to establishments that receive letter grades from the Health Department."

The ban is supposed to take effect in six months, according to reports.

To date, no such ban exists or has even been suggested in Suffolk County.

Do you think a ban on sugary drinks more than 16 ounces is necessary for Nassau County?

Home Town Native September 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Wish I were- unfortunately it is the best description of people wanting to use the FORCE of government to enforce their will upon others.
John Easterbrook September 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Bloomberg is a macroeconomist first. Just like cigarettes create a burden on our health care system when people get sick from them, so do excessive sugary drinks. He also banned using food stamps to by soda (bravo). They could also increase the tax on sugary drinks so the state can pay for us when we develop health problems later in life from them. It is at least a move in the right direction.
John Easterbrook September 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Also NYC banned trans fats in restaurants a few years ago, they are illegal in most of Europe, yet we in Suffolk keep gobbling them down, oblivious to the fact that they causing problems in our hearts and arteries.
John Gruber September 18, 2012 at 02:19 PM
and what about someone like me who's healthy, pays for his own healthcare and can make responsible decisions but one day I feel like getting a larger drink?
John Easterbrook September 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
This law, like many laws may not be perfect but it sets a tone and makes people realize that drinking these huge sugar drinks are bad for your health. Plus 16 oz is still pretty big.

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