New York City bans big sodas
Food-service establishments in the Big Apple will soon only be allowed to offer non-diet sodas in small doses. Today (September 13), the New York City Board of Health approved a plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants, food carts, delis, and concessions at movie theatres, stadiums, and arenas.
Apparently, the move—protested by the restaurant and beverage industries—is aimed at "fighting" obesity. "The Board of Health’s passing this proposal means that New Yorkers will soon consume fewer junk calories and eventually begin turning the tide of the obesity epidemic that is destroying the health of far too many of our citizens," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news release.
The ban starts on March 12, 2013. Of course, it won't stop New Yorkers needing their sugar fix from just ordering that second drink—or buying huge quantities of pop at stores, which are not covered by the ban. And why shouldn't they? Let's drink to a well-thought-out plan.