NYC Large Sugary Drink Ban Approved By Bloomberg’s Health Board

Thursday morning, the New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s ban on sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces, the New York Times reports.

The measure, which the Independent mayor introduced earlier this year, will go into effect six months from now unless it is blocked by a judge. As noted by the Times, the soft drink industry in the United States did not respond well to the proposed ban, as they were concerned it could hurt business.

The Times report continues:

The soda measure would bar the sale of sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces, smaller than the size of a common soda bottle. It would affect a range of popular sweetened beverages, including energy drinks, presweetened iced teas and common brands of nondiet soda.

The restrictions would not affect fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; no-calorie diet sodas would not be affected, but establishments with self-service drink fountains, like many fast-food restaurants, would not be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces.

But large sugary beverages won’t be totally gone in NYC. Convenience stores such as 7-Eleven will be exempt.

Nevertheless, more than half of NYC residents expressed opposition to the proposal last month regardless of Bloomberg’s intention to curb obesity and promote healthy eating among New Yorkers.

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