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Patch's Poll: Should NYC Ban Super-Size Sodas?

What's your take on Bloomberg's plan to rid the Big Apple of large sugary beverages?

Big Apple, small soda?

Pint-sized pops in Park Slope?

If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, that's what's coming next to your favorite five-borough restaurant, movie theater or street vendor.

The mayor plans to eliminate the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces in each of those places in an "ambitious" effort to combat obesity, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” Bloomberg told the paper. 

Exemptions, such as for diet drinks and sales in supermarkets, are expected to be part of the new law, eyed for spring 2013, according to the Times.

It would mark the first such ban in the country, but follows the mayor's successful efforts to ban trans fats and curb public smoking.

The New York City Beverage Association is certainly not thrilled.

So nanny-state-gone-mad or nice job, Bloomie?

Andrew Ziemba May 31, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Soda is bad for you but ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES ARE A-OKAY. How else would the city fund Harlem's existence?
Lisa Lenkiewicz May 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
The purpose of government is to protect our freedom, not infringe upon our personal liberty.
Chuck Housner May 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Amen, Lisa.
Harry Sawyer June 01, 2012 at 10:16 AM
You get it Lisa. I honor that! Ron Paul/2012!!!!
Angela June 01, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Yay! Ron Paul 2012!!!!!
J. Lippi June 01, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Lisa, in those few words you made a huge statement. One by one they are infringing on our rights. I believe the insurance companies are behind a lot of these laws but that is another subject. We citizens are so polarized left or right now that we can't see the truth anymore. Possibly that is what the politicians want - divide and conquer. New laws that do not address the looming problems we face and add to the division of Americans. Let's face it whether you think Bush S$%&s or Obama S$%&s, the truth is is they all do when they do not work together for our interests. This reminds me of the story of the Nazis - they took those people away and we did nothing, then they took more away and we did nothing...until it was to late.
Lisa Lenkiewicz June 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
What's to stop someone from buying two 8-ounce cans of soda, getting around the ban on 16-oz cans? And what's next? Banning milkshakes because they are fattening? There have to be better ways to call attention to the obesity problem than government bans.
Malvi Lennon July 07, 2012 at 01:31 PM
As an adult of sound mind (sort of) I know when to choose a Big Gulp and when to down a glass of milk. I have a huge problem with the goverment imposing their brand of "healthy" choices upon us via the power of taxes and legislation.
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