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New York mayor proposes large soda ban [UPDATED]

imagesIf New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, this 20-ounce bottle of Coke would not be allowed anywhere in the five boroughs of the city.

In a City Hall briefing yesterday, Bloomberg proposed a ban on sales of all sugary drinks — from sodas, to coffee beverages to juice cocktails with less than 70% real fruit juice — in any size larger than 16 ounces. This would apply to both cups and bottles.

In New York City, more than half of adults are obese or overweight. About a third of New Yorkers drink one or more sugary drinks a day.

You can read more about the proposed ban — and the strong likelihood of its passage — here.

The Coca-Cola Company released this statement in response:

“The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes. We are transparent with our consumers. They can see exactly how many calories are in every beverage we serve. We have prominently placed calorie counts on the front of our bottles and cans and in New York City, restaurants already post the calorie content of all their offerings and portion sizes — including soft drinks.

New Yorkers expect and deserve better than this. They can make their own choices about the beverages they purchase. We hope New Yorkers loudly voice their disapproval about this arbitrary mandate.”

In our household, we’ve tried to raise our kids without a lot of sugary drinks around. In fact, we’ve pretty much gone off soda completely, though my wife can’t resist the occasional 12-pack of Diet Coke.

We spend a small fortune on bottles of sparkling water and keep pitchers of roasted barley tea (mugicha) in the fridge during the summer. Our youngest loves orange juice, but we encourage her to mix it with sparkling water.

But a ban? Wow…

37 comments Add your comment

The Monger

May 31st, 2012
11:54 am

Stupid! Land of the free, huh?

The Monger

May 31st, 2012
12:02 pm

Secondly, how is a 16oz. soft drink stopping obesity? These fat tub of lards in New York will just buy twice as many 16 oz. drinks to compensate for NY taking away their 20 and 32 oz’s. This is stupidity on two fronts….one, I agree that while soft drinks are about as unhealthy as they come, they are not the SOLE reason for the obesity epidemic in this country. A combination of poor overall diet and lack of exercise are the reasons. Someone could not drink a single soft drink and weigh 400 lbs. from eating cheetos and fried chicken, and not exercising. I have no idea why they are attacking solely sugary drinks here, but whatever. Secondly, this is once again a classic example of government severely overstepping their bounds and taking away freedom of choice from the consumer, no matter the health issues. Isnt freedom what this country was founded on? Nevermind, that cigarettes and alcohol are still legal in New York last time I checked. Are you going to ban Dorito’s next NY?

clark kent

May 31st, 2012
12:03 pm

Politicians are dangerous when they think the populous is too stupid to decide for themselves.

It’s too bad some people enjoy being ruled.

Krystle Meyer

May 31st, 2012
12:07 pm

why dont they just ban fat people

PAC

May 31st, 2012
12:10 pm

There is no way this can be legal, the government had no business telling us what we can eat or drink and how big or much we want to consume. Cigarettes do much more harm, why not ban them? Money and lobbiest that’s why. Bloomberg is a nut case who wants to tell everyone else how to live. BTW, I don’t drink coke, but if I want to it’s my damn business!

Evan

May 31st, 2012
12:13 pm

Coke will sue the pants off the City of New York, it could be borderline unconstitutional!!!

Mindy Pannell

May 31st, 2012
12:17 pm

Why not just ban HFCS?

Leroy Mercer

May 31st, 2012
12:31 pm

Bloomberg ain’t so skinny his own self.

Grasshopper

May 31st, 2012
12:57 pm

Ze 17 ounce zoft drink es verboten!

Ze ausorities hav been alerted and zey vill be here zhortly to ensure compliance wis ze rules.

Zu vill not get a zecond varning.

Bloomberg demands obedience now!

Thanks, Chemerinsky's of the Blogosphere

May 31st, 2012
12:59 pm

Stupid? Yes. Unconstitutional? Would someone please point to the section of the Constitution that prohibits states and municipalities from legislating for the general health and welfare of its citizens?

Atlantan

May 31st, 2012
1:02 pm

Those know better than the rest of the world New Yorkers, but they need Mr. Mom Bloomberg to tell them what they can and cannot eat or drink……

kcc

May 31st, 2012
2:26 pm

John – In response to your comment on “spending a small fortune on bottles of sparkling water” – have you considered a Sodastream? I too am a sparkling water junkie – its the best purchase I made all year – not sure how I ever lived without it.

Sensationalistic

May 31st, 2012
3:08 pm

Wait, let me get this straight.

Coca-Cola = Prominently displays the calories on the front and back of each can. Possibly banned for sizes under 16oz.
Beer = Not required by law to display nutrition facts. Sold in athletic stadiums where you are sedentary for up to 5 hours. Not banned, and sold in up to 40 ounces bottles designed to be drunk by one person.

lolwut?

carla roqs

May 31st, 2012
3:58 pm

kcc, really? i drink sparkling water with juice and without. ive found an inexpensive brand, but how does the sodastream truly compare cost-wise?

Meanwhile at the city jail.....

May 31st, 2012
4:56 pm

Hey man..I robbed a bank, what are you in for?

Me? I got busted buying a big gulp…..

Baltisraul

May 31st, 2012
5:20 pm

I would just LOVE to see Bloomberg try that manuver here in the South. You thought the War Between the States was bloody!

So...

May 31st, 2012
5:23 pm

now people will just have to buy multiple drinks to get the same amount?

I like the lets ban fat people idea though, seems way more sound.

Edward

May 31st, 2012
5:38 pm

No, the fatties usually order the Double Whopper, Supersize fries, and Diet Coke.

art

May 31st, 2012
5:41 pm

And I thought Donald Trump was the only billionaire moron in the Big Apple. Must be something in the water… err, soda.

SAWB

May 31st, 2012
5:42 pm

Those fascist better keep their hands off my Chick-fil-a sweet tea!

This is clearly an example of the Nanny State gone wild, but what is a hard to believe is so many people support this type of “Hope and Change”.

Aj

May 31st, 2012
11:50 pm

Can anyone say UNCONSTITUTIONAL?????

Baltisraul

June 1st, 2012
6:53 am

Aj…..I can say unconstitutional. I don’t believe it is unconstitutional, just totally wrong. We better wake up as Americans. Our freedoms of choice are being attacked from all sides.

Baltisraul

June 1st, 2012
9:11 am

Sawb……It is not only NY that supports this crap. Don’t forget Calif, Wisc. & Mass. to name a few.

1164mgc

June 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

This is absolutely stupid. On the other hand, why don’t places actually offer SMALL sodas any more? how many restaurants do you go to where you get 75843752645 gallon glasses full of drinks? I know some people want the larger ones, but some of us just don’t drink that much. It’s just another way for places to charge $2.50+ for drinks and if you don’t drink it all, too bad! And then there are those places that want you to pay that much – but they offer free refills. I just want a SMALL Coke, thank you. And my buddy here, wants a 32 oz. Coke. Just give us what we want!!

joe

June 1st, 2012
12:33 pm

“Stupid? Yes. Unconstitutional? Would someone please point to the section of the Constitution that prohibits states and municipalities from legislating for the general health and welfare of its citizens?”

why not Cigarettes and Alcohol omg

Edward

June 1st, 2012
1:15 pm

I don’t see the point of the regulation in NYC, however I commend the effort (if a bit shortsighted) to get people to make better choices for their health. Our society is quickly becoming that of the residents inside the spaceship in “WALL-E”.

Baltisraul

June 1st, 2012
6:13 pm

Edward…….no elected oficial should dictate what their citizens should do, legally. Now if the AMA says the same thing, which I believe they have, it is time to listen. Bloomberg needs to make sure there are plenty of cops, the trash is picked up and the pot-holes are filled in. It work great for Richard J. Daley in Chicago. To much ego for Bloomberg to be just a good mayor, he needs to be in the spotlight. He is a very dangerous man.

Edward

June 1st, 2012
8:35 pm

Dangerous? Really? Trump’s hair is more dangerous.

Baltisraul

June 2nd, 2012
7:33 am

Edward………..That comment from you sounds about right. Last time I looked, Trump was not an elected official. “Bloomberb Yankees” are in fact dangerous.

kmb

June 2nd, 2012
3:33 pm

Starbucks probably is a bigger contributer to obesity than the drinks. That is not to say that Coke has problems with its drinks being a noncontributor to the obesity issue. People in this country don’t exercise enough to justify their daily caloric intake.

rynetx

June 3rd, 2012
11:18 am

Yes, absolutely unconstitutional. Is Coke illegal? Is any substance in Coke banned by the FDA? Does Coke contain an addictive (harmful) substance? No sugar has not been found by the FDA as an addictive (harmful) substance and is absurdly widespread throughout most processed foods. You can not prohibit a licensed retail seller from selling a 1,000 piece pack of Juicy Fruit. Same if I wanted to sell a 900 oz. Coke. But why in the hell would you buy it? It’s your choice as an individual if you wanna have little to zero willpower and consume every piece of fat and sugar you can get your hands on. In most cases it’s nothing more than excuses and weakness. I feel sorry for those who can’t work out and eat right most of the time with some reward meals now and then. But hey, that’s their own big, round, wobbly choice and it’s not my place or the governments right or place to tell them what legal, approved food or drink they consume. How about Triple Cheeseburgers with bacon? Way worse than a 20oz. Coke. Dude give me a break, get this clown out of office please. Like someone above mentioned, try that nonsense in Texas and you’ll lose your support immediately and office as fast as the next vote.

Edward

June 3rd, 2012
12:05 pm

Good god, please stop tossing out the “unconstitutional” crap. If NYC wants to ban large drinks, it may be silly and ineffectual, but it is NOT unconstitutional. I’m sick to death of seeing every freakin’ issue being labeled inappropriately with that tag. It is now like the “racism” claim, it has become so erroneously overused it now has no validity anymore. Like “crying wolf”.
Obviously, the people of NYC like Bloomberg, they reelect him. You don’t like that? Don’t go to NYC. Otherwise, your opinion is pointless.

Alfred

June 4th, 2012
12:47 am

IT is ALL about the MONEY. NOT OBESITY!!
If a 16 oz drink cost $1.00 and a 32 oz drink cost less than $2.00
THEN buying 2 16oz drinks WILL RESULT in Higher Sales Taxes being Collected
by NYC. The grand total will be extra Millions of Dollars being paid by the Suckers of NYC.

Baltisraul

June 4th, 2012
7:53 am

Edward…….now you are right! If you don’t like what happens in NYC, don’t go! those folks like Bloomberg. They get what they vote for. I don’t see this spreading outside of Manhatten!

David

June 5th, 2012
8:51 am

Why do us skinny people have to be punished because fat people don’t know how to stop?

David

June 5th, 2012
8:58 am

Easy answer about being unconstitutional. The consitution is mean to protect our rights from OTHERS, NOT OURSELVES. The ONLY way this law can be enforced is by FORCE. Using FORCE to prevent people buying 20 oz instead of 16 IS unconsitutional. The Governmnet does not have the authority to create a law that uses FORCE against its citizens for doing something they FEEL is GOOD FOR THEM. The Constitution is NOT a set of rules that state the Government can do ANYTHING it wishes unless FORBIDDEN by the consitution. IF the Constitution doesn’t specifically GIVE the authority to Government, then the Governmnet has no business doing it.And NOTHING in the Consitution GIVES them the AUTHROTY to impose this law by the use of force.

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