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Though Most New Yorkers Oppose Big Soda Ban, Mayor Won't Budge

Despite a public outcry against the proposal, the mayor is going ahead with his plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces.

Though two recent polls found that more than half of New Yorkers oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sodas, the mayor said on Tuesday that he’s not budging from his stance, says the Wall Street Journal.

When asked Tuesday if the public outcry against the ban has made him reconsider the proposal, the mayor replied, "No."

A Quinnipiac University poll earlier this month showed city voters oppose the proposal, 54 percent to 42 percent. found that 60 percent of those polled opposed the ban, while 36 percent supported it.

"The mayor doesn't care what people think – if the mayor cared what people think, he would have withdrawn it altogether," Council Member Oliver Koppell, D-Bronx, told the Journal. "I just find it offensive to interfere in people's lives in such a way."

“All we're doing is saying that restaurants and movie theaters can't use greater than 16-ounce cups,” said Mayor Bloomberg at a press conference in the South Bronx on Tuesday. “But if you want to buy five of them and drink it, you can go ahead and do it.”

Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance, a trade group, said that the courts would decide the issue, explaining that the administration brought the proposal to the Board of Health – a panel chosen by the mayor – instead of the City Council.

"The mayor sees this as a mandate, not a legislative issue to be debated," Bookman told the paper.

Robe August 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I'm so happy I don't have to think for myself! I can't wait to call him the "Former" Mayor of New York.
Chicken Underwear August 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Why does any one need 5 servings of soda in one cup?
ANONYMOUS August 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Keep the sodas, the bigger the better. You seldom see an overweight person on a bike and maybe that will get rid of those ridiculous bike lanes.....go get em slurpies
Hambone August 30, 2012 at 02:35 PM
What if the mega cup is filled with diet soda? Nobody needs more than 6 ounces of wine at a time. Shouldn't we also ban the sale of bottles of wine at restaurants?
Danielle August 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Obesity is an epidemic in this country. While I don't condone the government having to tell us what we can and cannot do, obviously, people making their own food and drink choices is not working. Maybe if someone has to buy more than one soda, they will think about whether they really need that second one.
PSgirl August 30, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Obesity may be an epidemic but where are the priorities here? Shouldn't job creation and gun control be up and front before worrying about someone drinking 32 oz of soda? People should have control over themselves and not have to have Big Brother watching and telling you what to do this is still Land of the Free though most liberals these day do not believe that either SMH what a bunch of losers
Sara August 30, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Well I agree that job creation and gun control are important, but obesity is more than just a fat issue...it's a healthcare issue. Do you think the only thing obese people affect is your space on a plane? NO. They cost the healthcare system a monstrous amount of money, for which all of us healthy people have to pay. I think it's a scary thing to start telling people what they can and cannot do, but the mayor makes a good point. If you want that much soda, you can buy more cups, but this is a measure to discourage people from drinking so much of those sugary drinks. Will this solve the obesity issue? No. Is it drawing more attention to it? Yes...
Patti August 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
PSgirl it is still the Land of the Free. This is not preventing you from drinking any amount of soda if you want to. It is telling the restaurants they can't sell 16 oz. drinks. Lets not blame everything on the liberals. If you follow what the mayor feels is a priority you would know that gun control and job creation are at the top of his list.
Sonia August 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I'm not too bothered since I don't drink soda. It's an interesting debate, and both sides have valid points.
Parksloper August 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Why do you care? It's none of of yours or Bloomie's business.
Parksloper August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM
"people making their own food and drink choices is not working." um, it's been working for decades so maybe soda is not the problem if obesity is one the rise. How about getting rid of computers, video games, elitist play dates and other crap that keep kids/adults from getting out of the house like they used to. Soda is just the latest scape goat for the Nannies to whine about.
Parksloper August 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM
"They cost the healthcare system a monstrous amount of money, for which all of us healthy people have to pay." Good then ban alcohol so we don't have to support alcoholics, ban sex so we don't have to pay for aids, ban milkshakes, cookies, donuts, cupcakes and all the other fattening foods. See how absurd it is.
Hugh Jassols August 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Danielle when are you going to install the NYPD cameras in your house so that they can watch and make sure you don't drink soda, use salt, smoke, eat red meat, and go to dinner at Taco Bell... OH WAIT I have my movies mixed up who put 1984 next to Demolition Man again?
Hugh Jassols August 31, 2012 at 04:50 PM
One thing is to be a Liberal its another to be a Liberal Douche Bag and the Mayor is a whale sized douche. Instead of banning why not educate and by educate I don't mean putting together a commercial showing deformed people because of diabetes and obesity related disease. Actually show people what they are drinking, have them post the ingredients on big signs in the stores and street. Its why I stopped drinking Mountain Dew. (What the hell is brominated veg oil and needs to be in my soda? What happened to sugar, syrup, cocaine and seltzer water, come citric acid is okay but brominated it just sounds unhealthy!) I read the ingredients and GOOGLED them! Let people know what they putting in these drinks and they will have enough to make informed decisions look at McDonalds and what happened when they had to list the calories and ingredients of their food.
Dudley Escobar August 31, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Sara, you can't endorse publicly-funded healthcare and then turn around and use that as an excuse to control people's diets and behaviors. You need to accept that people often going to make bad decisions, eat unhealthy foods, not get as much exercise as you may prefer...and that's their right. If obese people take up too much space in an airplane, make them pay for another seat (some airlines already do this). If you want to "draw attention" to the issue of obesity, put up a poster. But don't interfere with people's choices, businesses or lives. This is 'MURRICA and we don't (well, shouldn't) do things that way here.
Patti August 31, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I guess you could say the same about the right wing douche bags. The Mayor is not taking any rights away. Its only in recent years where mega sizes were introduced and it's about making money. The bigger the better is the advertising effort, health is their last concern.
rd August 31, 2012 at 07:37 PM
WRONG! Larger sizes cost less per oz. Look at a unit price at the grocery store. If you cant buy a 32oz your will instead buy two 16oz which cost more than the 32oz. I am actually surprise the soda companies are against this for that reason. Guess they actually believe in freedom? Wonder what the bloomberg exercise requirement will be... that cant be far behind this stupid rule. My guess is he wont go after the big steaks.... i think he eats steak.
Hugh Jassols August 31, 2012 at 09:05 PM
rd is right buy a big mac, fries and coke = 8.00 but the meal and its around 6.00 but then super size it for 1.00 more and you get twice as much soda and fries! Thing is they make the most profit from soda and fries which cost pennies on the dollar to make and sell. It is a preying on the get more for your money campaign but you have to be smart behind it if I super size it I get a separate burger and split the fries and the drink with my spouse most of the time I wind up throwing out half the fries and most of the drink. Its just that some people no matter what will consume whatever you put in front of them even if they are full.
Curiositykilledthecat September 01, 2012 at 01:50 AM
A part of the story that happens to be forgotten is that the Mayor tried first to have an additional tax on sodas--much like the additional tax on cigarettes and liquor. I'm not sure about alcohol, but government intervention to discourage smoking has CERTAINLY reduced smoking-related illness and the associated costs. However, that was overruled by the folks in Albany, so this size thing is the Mayor's Plan B. I don't like it, and I suspect he likes it less than his Plan A, but the basics of public policy are all there: sugary drinks are a significant contributor to obesity, and obesity-related illness has a huge cost for taxpayers, and encouraging people to make a more thoughtful decision about what they are about to ingest ("do I really need to order TWO 16 ounce drinks?") results in their ingesting less. I agree this is a really interesting topic, and one of the few that I'm not entirely on one side or the other.
Carmen September 01, 2012 at 06:31 PM
just like early childhood education was at the top of his list when he was running for his seat? and look now, he is the one cutting funding to daycare and after-school programs. Hey bloomie, instead of spending millions on banning big drinks, why don't you stop cutting funding on these programs and get kids off their sofa's and out from in front of computers and exercising!
Jenny September 01, 2012 at 08:45 PM
actually, that last comment is very interesting. i'm not really sure where i stand either. i could make a case either way i think.

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