Speak Out: Is a Soda Ban for Our Own Good?

The mayor of New York declares war on sugary soft drinks.

The same New York mayor who has cracked down on smoking and trans fats is now proposing to outlaw the sale of large-size sugary drinks by restaurants, street vendors and movie theaters, The New York Times reported.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aggressive campaign against obesity has led him to the city's soda fountains in what would be an unprecedented restriction on residents' ready access to soft drinks laden with sugar.

Bloomberg's proposal is likely to be approved and could take effect as early as March, the article said.

“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” Bloomberg was quoted as saying. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”

The proposal would ban the sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces. Diet drinks, dairy drinks, fruit juices and alcoholic beverages would not be affected. Sugared drinks would still be sold in grocery stores.

Beverage industry officials have spoken out against the plan.

Let us know in our poll what you think about New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed restriction on soft drink sales. Is this the beginning of a trend?

Jessica May 31, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I think this is going to work just as well as Prohibition.
Lisa Rossi (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Soda Speakeasy? Sorry, the alliteration was just too tempting there.....
MG42 May 31, 2012 at 03:34 PM
While I am repulsed by our nation's obesity epidemic, I am more repulsed by laws like this. Government just keeps getting larger and larger (sort of like Americans' waistlines, but far more dangerous).
Brook Hubbard May 31, 2012 at 03:53 PM
"Diet drinks, dairy drinks, fruit juices and alcoholic beverages would not be affected. Sugared drinks would still be sold in grocery stores." Yeah, because it's a major issue when someone drinks more than 16 oz of soda, but not when they drink more than 16 oz of alcohol. Not to mention that it's fine to drink all those healthy diet drinks, with their aspartame and other chemicals.
Nonlinear May 31, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Just outlaw obese people to be in public view. Poof! Problem solved, out of site out of mind.
Jim Ross May 31, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Well I'm a little bothered by this. I fought for this country to be free, the key word is free. Who dose this guy think he is telling me what I can buy. I think we are big boys and girls to make the choice no one else should stick there nose in other peoples life. We don't know the story our anything about complet strangers so stay out of it. If this pass's were do we draw the line on our rights in this great country.
Nonlinear May 31, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I agree Jim. I think the soda lobby, or "soda machine" will quash this.
Marv June 01, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Looks like Mayor Doomberg has done it again. Hey mayor..get the hell out of our lives!
Danna Walker (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I can't see a march to demand more soda rights, but I could definitely be wrong about that.
Zoobie June 02, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Does anyone really care what they do in Noo Yawk? I'd like to see the Indian Tribe that got ripped-off with a bunch of worthless Beads, file suit to regain the whole state and make a "Giant" Casino out of Manhattan. Maybe give BloomBut a job sweeping floors!!!


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