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Many see New York City large sugary drink ban as misguided and unfair

Violators face $200 fine. Law could set trend for other states

  • Convenience stores will still be able to sell large soft drinks like this 7 Eleven big gulp, so many see problems with the ban.

    Convenience stores will still be able to sell large soft drinks like this 7 Eleven Double Big gulp, so many see problems with the ban.

    News came out today that New York City is setting a ban sales of large sugary drinks over 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters, and delis, of all places.

    The ban won’t apply to diet sodas and supermarkets or most convenience stores.

    Many see the ban as a step towards curbing obesity, considering one 20 ounce soda can contain over 200 calories, adding up to 14,600 calories a year consumed if you have one soda each day.

    Many see the ban as another step towards government intrusion into people’s daily lives. If they can ban a sugary drink, what else could they ban? The possibilities are endless.

    The thing I think is interesting, is that alcoholism kills more if not the same number of people each year in car accidents, liver failures, and other health issues.

    Why not ban alcohol?

    Oh yeah, we tried that once, and it didn’t work out so well, so maybe they will have to learn their lesson a second time.

    The ban is not sitting well with fast food chains and the movie theater industry. We’re not sure about the delis.

    Soda makers and sellers say the plan unfairly singles out soft drinks as culprits for the nation’s fat problem, represents an overweening government effort to regulate behavior and is so patchy as to be pointless. Because of the web of who regulates what, it would affect a belly-buster regular soda sold at a sports arena but not a 7-Eleven Big Gulp, for instance.

    The ban won’t apply to alcoholic beverages or drinks that are more than half milk or 70 percent, unsweetened juice.

    An average New Yorker goes to the movies about four times per year and buys concessions only twice, said Sun Dee Larson, a spokeswoman for the AMC Theatres chain.

    ‘‘We firmly believe the choices made during the other 363 days have a much greater impact on public health,’’ she said in a statement.

    The soft drink industry are planning lawsuits and legislative options to challenge the ban.

    Read more at Boston.com

    Fire away with your comment, how do you feel after reading the article?! Do you want your big soda!? W

    ill you just buy a big mac at McDonalds and go to 7 eleven for your drink? Major problems with the way this was set up…


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