Health

New York City Bans Sales of Super-Sized Sugary Drinks

| by Michael Allen

New York City's Board of Health, on Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands, fast-food places, movie theaters, Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias, and most places selling prepared food.

The vote was 8-0, with one board member, Dr. Sixto R. Caro, abstaining from voting, reports NBC New York.

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The regulation, proposed this spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other high calorie beverages.

The ban does not cover sugary drinks sold in supermarkets or convenience stores.

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A soft-drink industry sponsored group 'New Yorkers for Beverage Choices' says it has gathered more than 250,000 signatures on a petition opposing the soda plan and is considering a lawsuit.

The rule wouldn't apply to lower-calorie drinks, such as water or diet soda, or to alcoholic beverages or drinks that are more than half milk or 70 percent juice. A violation would mean a $200 fine.