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Supersized Soda Ban Gaining Opponents

Pols are speaking out against Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban of sugary drinks over 16 ounces.

Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to thwart obesity through may have a few more hurtles to pass.

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told the New York Post this week that he’s considering legislation at the state level to halt the mayor’s plan to limit soda cup size to 16 ounces.

“We may be getting too close to Big Brother,” Silver told the Post.

The ban would only apply to drinks with 25 calories or more per eight ounces, so diet sodas, fruit juices and dairy-based drinks would be exempt.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who typically supports the mayor, also spoke out against the proposed ban, saying that it would be more helpful to educate people about healthier choices, says the article.

Still, the Wall Street Journal (paywall) points out that the ban wouldn’t take effect until March 2013, leaving less than a year before Bloomberg’s successor assumes office.

"The city should be educating students in our schools about good health and not limiting what our citizens can purchase," Bill Thompson, a former city comptroller, told the Journal. "Ten years into this administration and this is the best they can come up with?"

SuF June 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I understand thinking that there shouldn't be enforced limits, but the proposed limit would be a 16 oz soda. There are 16 TEASPOONS of sugar in a 20 oz soda, or to translate, there are about 7 teaspoons in a normal small bottle of soda. If someone put 7 tsps of sugar in a glass of water they would probably (hopefully) think that was insane, but it's invisible in a soda, so people don't seem to grasp what they're drinking. And when you do the math for those gigantic bottles??? It's incredible what people are ingesting.
The Gunny June 02, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The ban is gonna be totally useless because you'll be able to get your 560 calorie Chipotle Steak & Cheese with Avocado sandwich at Subway and walk next door and get your Big Gulp, Super Big Gulp or Double Gulp at the 7-11.
Sharon Kosakoff June 02, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I believe that this is totally big brotherish but I applaud the mayor for getting the issue "out there". There is no reason anyone should be drinking soda in the first place--totally empty calories with mucho sugar!
Parksloper June 02, 2012 at 08:41 PM
It's not the mayor's job to decide what people should or should not consume. Personal responsibility.
I support the Mayor's next bill in development to band the use of harsh toilet paper to wipe one's arse...as studies show that such usage is the leading cause of hemoroids among New Yorkers. The Mayor was a principal inspector of this research. Unfortunately, I was not home for his inspection.
Stacy Tancredi June 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I support the mayor to many are being diagnosed with diabetes!
Parksloper June 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
That would be "too" many Stacy and do tell. All people who have diabetes could have prevented diabetes if they just gave up the big gulp?
josh June 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Regardless of your stance on the issue, its hard to say that Jon Stewart's "drink different" segment from the other night about the soda ban isn't hilarious! http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-may-31-2012/drink-different
Ladydi69126 June 05, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The Mayor Nanny should mind his own business. And i know Diabetic people who are rail thin so please get off the soap box. It ones own responsilbility what they coonsume but yet our Govenour want to leagliza Marajuania / Priorites have gone haywire witht his city and state

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