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Bloomberg Bans Soft Drinks In NYC, DC Might Be Next

By Staff Writer | March 02, 2013 12:58 PM EST

Bloomberg Bans Soft Drinks In NYC, DC Might Be Next
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The less than popular 3-term Mayor of New York City has passed a law banning the sale of soft drinks and other sugar containing drinks over 16 ounces in New York City.

Fast food restaurants, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and movie theaters are just a few places that will no longer be allowed to serve extra large sugary drinks.

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In 2012 Bloomberg stated "It's time to face the facts: Obesity is one of America's most deadly problems, and sugary beverages are a leading cause of it."

As of right now the ban will only effect sugary drinks being sold in restaurants and movie theaters not grocery stores. The ban will not extend to diet-soda, diary drinks or fruit juice.

The sugar ban will take effect on March 12. Dunkin Donuts gave customers a flyer explaining: "Due to the new NYC regulations...this restaurant will no longer be allowed to add sugar or flavor swirls to larger beverages or offer larger sizes of certain beverages."

"If you can't give me an extra large coffee they way I want it then I'll order two mediums and drink both," said NYC commuter Heather Midttviet.

Some feel that the Mayor has over stepped his boundaries, obesity is not a nation wide problem but a personal one. It is up to the parents of young children and adults themselves to watch what they eat and drink.

"Maybe the Mayor should stop funding cuts to after school programs that have sports activities, this way kids can go out and exercise," said mother of three Carolyn Senatore, "I allowed my children to drink soda growing up and none of them are over weight."

Bloomberg has been attacking NYC's obesity rate, currently at 58%, since getting into office 11 years ago.  Restaurant menus now have to post calorie counts next to each food item.

Dr. Robert Robins an NYC resident and enjoyer of the occasional soda says, "I feel that this ban is just another in a long line of horrible and self satisfying choices by a very bad mayor. Bloomberg has been the worst mayor I have lived under, and I can't wait until he can be voted out. Maybe he should concentrate on the real problems of this city: the unnecessary education cuts and the unbelievable toll hikes.

New York City is not the only city that is taking on a sugar ban. Several candidates for the Washington D.C council are in favor of a enacting a soda ban if elected. 

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