Talk Back: Should Big Sodas be Banned?

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to rid the Big Apple of large sugary beverages; would you support a similar measure in Suffolk County?

Big Apple, small soda?

If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, that's what's coming to restaurants, movie theaters and street vendors in the five boroughs.  

The mayor plans to eliminate the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces in each of those places in an "ambitious" effort to combat obesity, The New York Times reported last week. 

Exemptions, such as for diet drinks and sales in supermarkets, are expected to be part of the new law, eyed for spring 2013, according to the Times.

It would mark the first such ban in the country, but follows the mayor's successful efforts to ban trans fats and curb public smoking.

The New York City Beverage Association is certainly not thrilled.

What's your take on Bloomberg's plan? Would you support a similar measure in Suffolk County? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section. 

Leo Lehman Jr. June 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
if this law goes through then we are defiantly on the verge to losing more rights in this country... How about NY also Ban how many Pizzas slices you can buy??? How ban the amount of Ice Cream you can buy??? We have politicians trying to Ban 32 Oz Sodas meanwhile almost every night someone dies or is injured in a Drunk Driving Incident!!! How about we ban the amount of Liquor/Beer you can Buy/Consume... Oh Yeah Thats Right!!! NY will never do that bc The Beer/Liquor Companies practically Run this country, Especially New York...
Kathi Gautier June 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Well of course I agree with you. Going the extreme doesn't fix a problem. What's next? You need to take 11 people with you to buy a dozen donuts?
Leo Lehman Jr. June 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
something like this is too excessive & should be considered a violation... I consider it a violation due to the fact that (for example) someone like me who is in perfect shape suffers because people cant control what they eat!!! If this Law Passes it proves the Government cares what we put in our Bodies, Everything from Drugs to Food.. The Government Cracks down on Drugs, what we search on Google, and now they will Crackdown on Fatty Foods!!!!
kenneth June 06, 2012 at 04:53 AM
its amazing to me that we are having this discussion over a soda! last time i looked my father fought in ww2 to protect our rights and one of them was my freedom of choice! who the hell is michael bloomberg to tell me what i can eat or drink. drunks kill people everyday,cause accidents, suffer from liver diseases that raise our insurence also but i dont hear anyone yelling to make drinking illegal! keep going like this and we will become the new communist russia!
Kyle K. June 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Nothing is being banned completly. If you really need more than 16oz, buy two. However, most people won't and it will in turn reduce the amount of calories and sugar in their diet. Also, is everyone in this board in great shape? If not, why not? Do you choose to be overweight because you want to be overweight? My initial question still remains: How high will obesity rates have to be before you approve any policy changes to limit portion sizes?


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