Mayor Bloomberg’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks Could Happen by March 2013

Bloomberg’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks Could Happen by March 2013

Bloomberg’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks Could Happen by March 2013

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May 31 2012 2:30 PM

Bloomberg’s Ban on Big Sugary Drinks Could Happen by March 2013

Hey New Yorkers, better buy those big gulps while you can, because the mayor wants to turn them into sippy cups.

As part of his fight against obesity, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is calling for a ban on sugary beverages above 16 ounces at restaurants, food carts, stadiums, and movie theaters. The restriction could go into effect by March 2013, and would leave grocery stores as the final frontier for super slurpers.

The ban would apply to sodas and other sugary drinks but not diet drinks, juices, and alcoholic beverages. Still, the beverage industry is calling the proposed measure "unhealthy." 

So we may have to say so long to super-sizing. Maybe next the mayor could shift his focus to another deadly threat: the growing number of dollar-per-slice pizza joints.

Video by Krishnan Vasuvedan.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.