Should NYC Soda Ban Come to Suffolk?

The NYC Board of Health has banned the sale of sugary drinks more than 16 ounces.

The New York City Board of Health on Thursday morning took a step in a direction they believe will help curb obesity.

The board voted 8-0 to ban the sale of super-sized sugary drinks in Manhattan.

The Associated Press reports:

The regulation, which was proposed in the spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved by panel of health experts after several months of review, puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.

According to the Daily News, supermarkets and convenience stores like 7-Eleven and its (in)famous Big Gulp are exempt from the ban because “the restriction applies only to establishments that receive letter grades from the Health Department.”

The ban is supposed to take effect in six months, according to reports.

Approximately 20 miles east of New York City lies Nassau County, where no such ban exists or has even been suggested. But the recent sugary ban in NYC leads one to believe that one for Nassau County could be on the horizon.

Do you think a ban on sugary drinks more than 16 ounces is a good idea for our area?

Janet B. September 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Maybe Bloomberg can help me with my Mallomar addiction.
Debbie September 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM
It all comes down to this...you can't legislate common sense!
Jason Molinet September 18, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Patch blogger Lauren B. Lev weighs in: http://northport.patch.com/blog_posts/well-drink-to-that
Chaz Glass September 18, 2012 at 03:11 PM
WHen is the nanny state going to end? Why are we become controlled by our government? George Orwell was spot on. The gov't is going to take over all people. We are no longer America, we no better than cuba...except they have nice weather and a lot of 1950's cars that still run.
Chaz Glass September 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Agreed. Don't tell me how I can spend my hard earned money. In my opinion, the real reason for this is b/c welfare(are we still allowed to call it what it really is?) receipients spend their stipend(OUR MONEY), on things that they do not need, like soda. That in turn causes obesity and since chances are, those people will never get off of the gov't gravey train, we'll end up paying for their mistakes via Medicaid. DO NOT tell me what I can eat or drink as I EARN my money and PAY my taxes. If you want to regulate those who are freeloaders then go ahead...but that will seem racist since in NYC an overwhelming majority(yes there are numbers for this) are minorities. So any 'direct' mention of welfare(yes that what it really is), will cause some jack*** to scream racism...even though we have a mulatto president!!


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