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Should Suffolk Follow NYC Soda Ban?

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 in the metropolitan area.

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.

To date, no such ban exists or has even been suggested in Suffolk County.

We want to know what you think. Do you think a ban on sugary drinks more than 16 ounces is necessary for Suffolk County? Tell us in the comments section below.

Tre September 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I think it is rediculous. It is the choice of the consumer what they want to eat/drink. Diet sodas are much worse so who is Bloomberg to say he will only sell diet in that size. Which also leads to the fact that soda comes in cans which I believe is much better for our health than drinking from plastic which is made from oil. So who is he to decide what we should eat or drink and what is healthier. We all know soda is not healthy but why does he get to decide what we drink.
Debbie September 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM
As I've said many times before, in many other contexts... You can't legislate common sense!

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