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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?

Jake September 14, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Just make using cups of any size illegal. Also make it illegal to use your hands when you eat. that will solve all the problems. What country was Borat from? I think we are almost there.
Argile September 14, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Why don't they just ban cigarettes which is 10x worse? Oh that's right, where would they make up the billions they lose in tax revenue......
K. September 14, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Why aren't the Ecology types upset about this? Two small soda containers use a lot more plastic than one large one. Won't anyone think of the Polar Bears?!
Tom Gillen September 14, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Not a matter of needing. It's a matter of having the freedom to choose what you want.
Mels Ditties September 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM
PLEASE confirm that this is sarcastic.....
GLENN September 15, 2012 at 12:15 AM
No it will not, this will be a good thing people will retrain themselves to drink less.
Home Town Native September 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Anyone who supports this law is a fascist, you want to dicate to others through the use of FORCE how they run thier PERSONAL LIVES!
Home Town Native September 15, 2012 at 02:01 AM
"restrain themselves "? No Genius, this is GOVERNMENT FORCE Restraining the people, it is against everything America was founded upon, INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY! This country is going more and more fascist every day!
Home Town Native September 15, 2012 at 02:04 AM
No government needs to tell any Free People what they can eat or drink! People that support this are no better than fascists! You want to enforce YOUR WILL of how YOU THINK people should behave concerning their own lives.
Home Town Native September 15, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I think we should ban little fascists that think they know whats best for the rest of society!
NYC September 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Home Town Native: "everything America was founded upon"? " this country is going more fascist every day"? THIS is contributing to the conversation? There are two opposing forces here: those that are more libertarian in style, believing that an individual has the right and responsibility for themselves, and those that believe that individuals have proven they do not take responsibility, and need oversight to their decisions. You have to admit, this country has gotten fat. And one of the reasons we have fattened is due to the increased size of food and drink available to us. Is this one act going to help matters? Probably not. But please don't make this about fascism and liberty. I'm sick and tired of fellow Americans ranting about liberty when, having not experienced repressive governments and military regimes, have no clue what the word means.
Home Town Native September 15, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Hey NYC, you have no clue where Ive been, what I've experienced, or what Ive seen in life. I guarantee its a lot more than someone who writes the crap you just wrote. BIG MACS and PIZZA make people a lot fatter than a large soda, does that give little fascists like yourself the right to forbid FREE PEOPLE from making the decision to Eat a Big Mac or a few slices of Pizza? You know what's best for me and my family BETTER THAN MYSELF? Im "sick and tired" of little fascists like yourself thinking you have a right to tell me what I can and cannot eat and drink.
John Gruber September 15, 2012 at 03:05 AM
did higher taxes on cigarettes prevent people from buying them? unless the person require the taxpayer to pay for their healthcare, what one eats and drinks is their business
Joseph Weiss September 15, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Neither the City of New York nor Suffolk/Nassau Counties have a right to violate a persons right to choose what to drink or not. Only I can decide that.
Dorie Sullivan September 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I think this is crazy! As a single Mom there has been times that I would buy a larger drink and share it with my children, now I will have to buy several drinks. Costing more money and paying more Tax on it! This is just another way for big brother to get more money out of my pocket!!
John Gruber September 15, 2012 at 01:38 PM
this law actually makes sense for the people who are on the public dime when it comes to health care but otherwise it's just another way for big brother to keep watching
Home Town Native September 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
John, let's just take Food Stamps for a family of 3, you get approximatley $500.00 a month and you can go into a supermarket and DECIDE to buy only ice cream, candy, Soda, Cheetos, and burritos - most fattening food/drinks. No restrictions on food stamps (except no alcohol) and you are FREE to determine what you will purchase. Now, go into the Socialist Republic of New York City, and a person WITH HIS OWN MONEY, can not legally by a large soda. Insanity?
Home Town Native September 15, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I wonder if Comrade Bloomberg would consider restrictions on Food Stamp purchase? ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!
MJ September 15, 2012 at 04:09 PM
At NYC - you stated above that..... "You have to admit, this country has gotten fat. And one of the reasons we have fattened is due to the increased size of food and drink available to us." NO- increased size in food and drink did not make us fat, the CHOICE that some people made to order that increased size made them fat. When I go out to eat, I have the option of ordering anything on the menu, healthy or unhealthy, high calorie or low calorie, and MY decision will affect me. Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing, people need to start using it for their own benefit instead of making bad choices and blaming others.
Home Town Native September 15, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Exactly MJ! The problem today is there is a growing mentality in America that some people think they have a right to dictate to others through the use of FORCE (i.e., government) to control their personal behavior because THEY THINK they know what is best for everyone else.
Brian September 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
What is the proposed penalty for selling big ass cups of soda? This legislation is absurd, misinformed, overreaching, and un-American.
Brian September 16, 2012 at 03:24 AM
It's both. Americans did not change their behavior because they somehow became less responsible. People make their decisions based on what they see as acceptable. If the perception is that a double-supersized-big-gulp serving size of crap is what most people are eating, then they will adjust to the perceived norm. And we all become crappy fat people in the end.
Paul L. September 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
If they catch you selling a 32 ounce soda, you have to drink it.
Home Town Native September 16, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Unfortunately, more and more Americans are becoming crypto fascists in their belief that they have a right to FORCE others to comply with THEIR viewpoints!
Paul L. September 16, 2012 at 04:53 PM
@Hometown Native. Are you getting money for every time you use the word "fascist"?
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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