May 31, 2012

NYC Ban on Large Sodas

In an effort to combat obesity, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed a ban that would prohibit the sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces - affecting virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas. The measure wouldn't apply to diet sodas and not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores. Michael Grynbaum, of The New York Times, recalls other actions taken by the mayor:
“The Bloomberg administration had made previous, unsuccessful efforts to make soda consumption less appealing. The mayor supported a state tax on sodas, but the measure died in Albany, and he tried to restrict the use of food stamps to buy sodas, but the idea was rejected by federal regulators.”