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Proposed soft drink ban would block large servings in New York

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New York City may soon ban all sugary drinks, like soft drinks, larger than 16 ounces.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is behind the proposed ban. The first-in-the-nation ban would block restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts from selling any sugary beverage larger than 16 ounces. The ban would apply to fountain sodas as well as pre-bottled packaging. Vendors who violate the ban would face a $200 fine.


Mayor Bloomberg cites the nationwide problem of obesity as the reason behind the ban.  On Wednesday Bloomberg says he "thinks it's what the public wants the mayor to do."

The plan requires only the approval of the city's Board of Health,  members of which are all appointed by Bloomberg. If approved, the ban would take effect as early as March, 2013.
 


 

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