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Soda Ban in NYC

September 14th, 2012

Soda bubbles. Photo credit: Flickr user tl3automaton via Creative Commons

Do your parents ever try to limit how much soda you drink? Too much, they say, isn’t good for you?

Now, in New York City, the mayor has also stepped in to limit how much soda you can have — and it applies whether you’re kid OR an adult!

The ban was approved yesterday and it’s the first decision like it in the U.S.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Rubenstein via WikiCommons

Starting in March 2013, places like movie theaters, restaurants, cafeterias, and sporting arenas, can’t sell sodas (or other sugary drinks like energy drinks) larger than 16 fluid ounces.

You can still get whatever size you want at convenience stores like 7-Eleven, at supermarkets, and from vending machines, as well. They aren’t ruled by the New York City Health Board.

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If you want more soda after your 16 ounces from places with restrictions, you can go buy another one … you just can’t get it in a container bigger than 16 ounces at once. The idea is that you won’t mindlessly sip a huge cup’s worth, but you can make a choice to go back and buy more.


Mayor Bloomberg says it’s to save lives. The reasoning is that too much sugar leads to health problems, including being overweight and obese. Obese basically means  being very overweight and it’s a big problem in the U.S., including for kids. He added that, “Obesity for the first time in the history of the world will kill more people this year in the world than starvation.”

Of course, it’s not easy to tell a city with 8 million people in it (the most populated city in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world) how much soda it can –and can’t — drink. Those who oppose it, like some small business owners and beverage companies, say the ban limits freedoms. Some protesters held signs at a rally saying, “My cup size is none of your business!”

Those who oppose it may still try to overturn the new rule before it goes into effect.

What do you think?

To read’s more detailed summary of the rules, click here .

You can watch Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference by clicking here .

You can learn more about opposition to the ban at New Yorkers For Beverage Choices .

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