New York To Implement Ban On Large Sugared Beverages

Photo: Russell Bernice (CC)

Photo: Russell Bernice (CC)

I’m massively against the consumption of super-sized HFCS-laden soda, but is New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg creating a mini “Nanny State” with his latest plan to outlaw any size of sugared drinks larger than 16 ounces? Michael M. Gyrnbaum reports for the New York Times:

New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores…

[continues in the New York Times]


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  • Zenc

    Hey Bloomberg, how about successfully addressing the rampant global financial fraud being perpetrated from your city before you worry about how much Sweet Tea someone drinks with lunch.

  • SPET67

    More nanny state bullshit from NY.  No wonder so many people are leaving.  

  • Jason Cortright

    But diet soda, the one that makes people much fatter (and faster), no change. Good job, idiots.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    If a beverage of food product exceeds safe levels of sugar compounds, It should at least be printed with big letters on the packaging and not be sold as food or drink.

    Think of it like this. I agree with marijuana legalization but do I want corporations being able to put in all the added chemicals that they put in tobacco. This is all thanks to the deregulation of the free market in an ever-growing corporate atmosphere. Anyone up for something different than capitalism?

    • charlieprimero

      You really don’t have a clue what capitalism is do you?

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        Enlighten me. I’m sure your ideas about a free market aren’t Ron Paul inspired.

        • charlieprimero

          The socio-political system in America is called “Fascism”.  Read the description of it at Wikipedia.

          • Monkey See Monkey Do

            Fascist capitalist societies have been a dime a dozen. Fascism and Capitalism go together like bread & butter.

          • charlieprimero

             Your desire to remain ignorant of the difference has won the day.

          • Jin The Ninja

            the only difference is one is a political system and one is an ‘economic’ system, but essentially they are deeply compatible and oft-practiced together. look at mussolini’s writings on neo-fascism, they derive a lot from austrian school economics- and of course he defined fascism as the collusion between state and corporate power.

          • charlieprimero

            Sorry.  I don’t read LOLspeak without capitalization. 

          • Jin The Ninja

            So no factual errors to dispute? simply a disarming, dismissive response? cool.

  • Hadrian999

    well considering every new yorker I have ever met was a totally self absorbed cunt I am for anything that irritates them but because just about every kind of restaurant and fastfood joint that serves soda also have free refills I don’t see this as anything but a pointless circle jerk

  • SF2K01

    Oh yeah because HFCS is so much healthier when it’s “fruit” juice and not called soda. What a retarded plan. Guess we’ll see the rise of the big gulp snapple.

  • Haystack

    And I could just see NYC using their CCTV network to monitor people’s drink sizes, too. 

    “Halt! Illegal beverage!” 

  • Apathesis

    So much for free will.

  • JaceD

    hahahaha I love the responses to this article! Too funny.

    An obvious response would be; “who cares? It’s only over sized drinks being banned”

    But before you know it’s tabacco, then alcohol, then whatever else is bad for us but it comes down to FREE WILL.

    Fucking do-gooders should mind their own business.

    • DeepCough

      Hey, this is the same city notorious for arresting people for marijuana possession, so don’t be surprised if people start getting arrested for purchasing a Big Gulp without a permit!

      • JaceD

        lol sorry is being arrested for marijuana possession unusual in the US?

  • samthor

    why not put the money into educating people to make better decisions?