Big-Gulp Ban Passes; Soda Fans "Exploring Legal Options"

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If you drink this much soda you're an idiot. If you need Mike Bloomberg to tell you to not drink this much soda, you're a bigger idiot.

*Update: in an act of civil disobedience, we just drank 100 ounces of Mt. Dew in 90 minutes.

As expected, Mayor Mike Bloomberg's proposed "Big-Gulp Ban" has been approved by a city health council, but opponents of the new ban say the fight to not let Hizzonor treat us like children isn't over.

"This is not the end," says Eliot Hoff, spokesman for New Yorkers for Beverage Choices. "We are exploring legal options, and all other avenues available to us. We will continue to voice our opposition to this ban and fight for the right of New Yorkers to make their own choices. And we will stand with the business owners who will be hurt by these arbitrary limitations."

The plan, as we've chronicled, makes no sense -- it prohibits restaurants, sports venues and movie theaters from selling soda in containers larger than 16 ounces. However, there is nothing to stop a person from simply buying two sodas, or purchasing whatever size soda they want from a business like a bodega or grocery store, which aren't subject to the ban.

For further reading on Bloomberg's ban, visit our Nanny-State of Mind Archives.


In addition to doing literally nothing to curb obesity, critics say the mayor's plan will hurt businesses -- again, while doing literally nothing to curb obesity.

"The average New Yorker only goes to the movies four times a year, and purchases concessions twice," says Robert Sunshine, executive director of the National Association of Theatre Owners of New York State. "The choices made during the other 363 days out of the year have a much greater impact upon public health and serious issues like obesity. With ticket sales this summer at a ten year low, and down again another three percent in 2012, this ban will only serve to further reduce lines at theaters, not the waistlines of our patrons."

Again, those opposed to the mayor's ban say the fight isn't over, and expect that public outrage will continue to grow with today's passage -- so stay tuned...

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bert559
bert559

Youre All A bunch of Idiots
Especially You Jayvee Go Do Your Mother And Sister Because If Anyone In Your Family should Mate It Should Between You And I Cant Believe You Morons Dont See Where This Ban Is Going To Other Freedoms Other Choices And Before That Other States Following

jayvee
jayvee

It costs a fortune in hospital bills to treat all those fat blacks and hispanics in NY.

www.voxxi.com/minority-health-care-new-york/

$24 billion actually. And that's just the cost of preventable diseases like obesity and smoking (unfortunately we can't prevent people from being born brown and stupid.)

If the Big Gulp ban reduces the burden on public healthcare costs for taxpayers, I'm all for it. Next step is preventing people on welfare from buying junk food or soda with food stamps.

BosonStark
BosonStark

Large sugary drinks, are the fast track for children to end up obese, diabetic and toothless. No one who reaches the age of 50 says, "Gee, I wish I drank more Mountain Dew when I was younger."

AsianStig
AsianStig

@ckanal No one has to drink more than 16oz of soda. However, no one should clamp down on one's freedom of choice to drink more either.

Saira Patel
Saira Patel

M.C. A lot more ppl are dying from diabetes and other obesity issues than on the tracks. I guess you could argue that if they had the sugar and were fat they wouldn't be as easily pushed in to said tracks, lol...

CERobinson
CERobinson

@christhedunn @ckanal is it just soda that's banned or all large drinks? I enjoy 32 oz smoothie for breakfast.

Lauren Elizabeth
Lauren Elizabeth

Seriously people..fucking control what goes in your big fat pie-hole and the mayor won't have to! BTW, did anybody even notice when they banned trans fat? NO, so get the fuck over it.

Barraud Caterers Limited
Barraud Caterers Limited

Clearly I'm in the minority as I thoroughly approve of this ban. People are unable to judge whether they're still "thirsty" while drinking highly addictive sugary drinks. Putting them in smaller portion containers helps to put on a "brake". There's a similarity with banning smoking in specific areas. People can say that that is more relevant because of second hand smoke which effects others. But the treatment for obesity is something ALL taxpayers pay for, whether through insurance or govermental health care. It affects us all.

acpower
acpower

FYI:  big gulps will not be banned.

Parag Patel
Parag Patel

what city are you living in MC? please tell show the frequency of ppl being pushed onto tracks and stabbing spree by the homeless.

Isabel Heine
Isabel Heine

i thought the Big Gulp wasn't banned because 7-11's aren't regulated by the city. this only applies to restaurants, food carts, etc. maybe i'm wrong.

Isabel Heine
Isabel Heine

i thought the Big Gulp wasn't banned because 7-11's aren't regulated by the city. this only applies to restaurants, food carts, etc. maybe i'm wrong.

Lauren Pilon
Lauren Pilon

The headline should read, "Big-Gulp Ban Passes; Obese Soda Fans 'Exploring Legal Options'"

bonobos37
bonobos37

@BrennaMcCabe I think that bans like that are incredibly pointless. Like the article points out....people can just buy two sodas.

billkuchman
billkuchman

@ckanal A regular bottle of pop (yes, @JanetAronica, pop!) is 20 oz. I have a, um, friend who may/may not go through a few of those a day.

joshs
joshs

@ckanal love that you called it pop

JPeters1221
JPeters1221

@ckanal Eh. Sometimes you want a Big Gulp. lol I do drink soda, I shouldn't, but I do.

Klarevas
Klarevas

@ckanal You do need more than 16 oz when eating BBQ #justsayin

rlytle
rlytle

@ckanal Because...we're Americans? #sarcasm

jenconnic
jenconnic

@ckanal Because they enjoy to burn their insides slowly.

JasMollica
JasMollica

@ckanal It should be up to me if I want a soda that big... not government. You can still drink soda, right? How is that making us healthier?

davidfarre
davidfarre

@ckanal The 32oz styrofoam cup is the most efficient caffeine-delivery vehicle known to man. That's why!

JanetAronica
JanetAronica

@ckanal bonus points for calling it pop :)

mzchildz
mzchildz

@jayvee Tf you racist for? Hell if I read your damned post all the way through I wouldn't of clicked that mf "like" button! Fugg off you dumb azzhole  and fr fr if you start making post like that againI will fuggin track you down and kill you. >:( 

garcia_rani
garcia_rani

 @jayvee Yeah well we can't seem to stop people from being born racist and ugly like you Jayvee

mzchildz
mzchildz

@CERobinson It's juss soft drinks over 16 oz.

christhedunn
christhedunn

@CERobinson Just soda. Giiiiiirl, that's a lot of smoothie!

ckanal
ckanal

@CERobinson @christhedunn I believe pop only

ckanal
ckanal

@billkuchman @JanetAronica that's a good point

JanetAronica
JanetAronica

@billkuchman uh oh... I could probably do that with diet coke though if I didn't limit myself. cc @ckanal

CollegeXclusive
CollegeXclusive

@JanetAronica @ckanal Oh you guys, It's Soda not Pop. I feel like I am living back in Buffalo when you say pop.

CERobinson
CERobinson

@christhedunn but its sooo yummy! And i count it as a meal....so its ok

christhedunn
christhedunn

@ckanal I'd wage the soda-not-pop war, but Bloomberg would welcome that as a distraction. @CERobinson

billkuchman
billkuchman

@JanetAronica @ckanal Coke Zero for me. If I could install one of those Coke Freestyle machines in my house, I would. http://t.co/Tp6WDM2o

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