Should NYC Soda Ban Come to Suffolk?

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.

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.

Approximately 20 miles east of New York City lies Nassau County, where no such ban exists or has even been suggested. But the recent sugary ban in NYC leads one to believe that one for Nassau County could be on the horizon.

Do you think a ban on sugary drinks more than 16 ounces is a good idea for our area?

Jason Molinet September 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
My body says yes, but my brain screams no!
Ron September 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Robert W September 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. Ronald Reagan
NK September 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
No. We are not talking about drugs. We are talking about a legal product. A product that doesn't impair you while driving like alcohol that can kill you or someone else (where there is no ban). A product that while not healthy isn't causing cancer like cigarettes (where there is no ban). What we allow and try to control in this nation is ass backwards. We allow abortion even up to 9 months, but if you step on a bald eagles egg you will be arrested. We allow you to smoke cigarettes that are known to cause cancer but we won't let you get a 20 ounce coke or large popcorn. Bloomberg also wants stricter monitoring of baby formula dispensed in hospitals. This is a free country. If I want to go to the movies and get a soda the size of a balloon and a popcorn that can feed a small African nation, then let it be. It is my choice.
Janet B. September 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I'm with you, Jason. I kind of understand why they're doing this, but I also see why they shouldn't. Despite the fact that people are killing themselves by drinking a ridiculous amount of sugar, a line has been crossed. And the cost of caring for the surge in diabetes patients does in fact trickle down to everyone. So I get why they are trying to find ways to stem this epidemic, the question is: can government force you to make healthier choices? I don't think so.
Jason Molinet September 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I had two Cokes already today. Oh Bloomberg, help me stop!
Gil Harris September 18, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Bloomberg should tax soda like alcohol and cigarettes. Thats why these two items aren't banned. If Long Island bans large sodas,then I'll just buy three small ones. OOPS. Now they will tax the hell out of the small cans, but not the large one's.
Janet B. September 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Maybe Bloomberg can help me with my Mallomar addiction.
Debbie September 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM
It all comes down to this...you can't legislate common sense!
Jason Molinet September 18, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Patch blogger Lauren B. Lev weighs in: http://northport.patch.com/blog_posts/well-drink-to-that
Chaz Glass September 18, 2012 at 03:11 PM
WHen is the nanny state going to end? Why are we become controlled by our government? George Orwell was spot on. The gov't is going to take over all people. We are no longer America, we no better than cuba...except they have nice weather and a lot of 1950's cars that still run.
Chaz Glass September 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Agreed. Don't tell me how I can spend my hard earned money. In my opinion, the real reason for this is b/c welfare(are we still allowed to call it what it really is?) receipients spend their stipend(OUR MONEY), on things that they do not need, like soda. That in turn causes obesity and since chances are, those people will never get off of the gov't gravey train, we'll end up paying for their mistakes via Medicaid. DO NOT tell me what I can eat or drink as I EARN my money and PAY my taxes. If you want to regulate those who are freeloaders then go ahead...but that will seem racist since in NYC an overwhelming majority(yes there are numbers for this) are minorities. So any 'direct' mention of welfare(yes that what it really is), will cause some jack*** to scream racism...even though we have a mulatto president!!


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