Bloomberg to Ban Large Sodas

05/31/2012 12:46 PM |

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First, he wanted to tax soda, but the idea died in Albany. Then he wanted to stop food stamp recipients from using the program to buy sugary beverages, but the feds told him he couldn’t. Now Bloomberg plans to ban soda and other sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces from being sold in any establishment that reports to the health department, including restaurants, movie theaters, and ballparks, the Times reports. The ban would not apply to no-sugar-added fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milk shakes, or diet sodas and unsweetened teas. It would also not affect sales at bodegas unless the stores are designated as “food service establishments.” (Those that are have letter grades posted to their windows.)

The mayor, who said he occasionally drank a diet soda “on a hot day,” contested the idea that the plan would limit consumers’ choices, saying the option to buy more soda would always be available.

“Your argument, I guess, could be that it’s a little less convenient to have to carry two 16-ounce drinks to your seat in the movie theater rather than one 32 ounce,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a sarcastic tone. “I don’t think you can make the case that we’re taking things away.”

Already, everyone I know on Facebook has argued that the mayor is taking things away.

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