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We are not banning anything. All we're saying is that restaurants and theaters can't use cups greater than 16 ounces.

— Michael Bloomberg, The Atlantic, Oct. 24, 2012

Gulp: Bloomberg's Soda Ban a Bust

In 2012, Michael Bloomberg proposed a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. In his effort to combat obesity, the sale of any sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces would be prohibited. Most New Yorkers were opposed to the ban — even the New York Times called it “overreach.” Not only did most New Yorkers and The New York Times. Ultimately, New York’s highest court shot it down.

Behind the Soda Ban That Bombed

Soda Fountain

Soda Fountain

According to the ban, restaurants with self-service soda fountains could not provide cups larger than 16 ounces.

Big Gulp

Big Gulp

Convenience stores, supermarkets and vending machines were excluded from the ban as they didn't receive health department grades.

Venti Frappuccino

Venti Frappuccino

The ban applied to drinks with more than 25 calories per eight ounces that had either been sweetened by the manufacturer or mixed with another caloric sweetener.

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Reuters.com  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bloomberg looks West after bankrolling Philadelphia soda tax win external link

After successfully funding a campaign to pass a soda tax in Philadelphia, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is preparing to fund similar efforts in several other cities, giving new momentum to measures seeking to limit soft drink ...

Watchdog.org  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Distributors say layoffs coming because of Bloomberg funded Philly soda tax external link

Two months into Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents per ounce soda tax, distributors are reporting 30-50 percent declines in sales and saying that hundreds of layoffs are coming. ShopRite told Philly.com that it will have to lay off 300 ...

Social Justice Warriors Target "Big Soda"

Soda  

Friday, May 6, 2016

Social Justice Warriors Target "Big Soda"

A recent attack on "Big Soda" – Michael Bloomberg’s other cause célèbre – at last week’s Berkshire Hathaway ...

The Huffington Post  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New York City's Soda Ban Fizzles Out For Good external link

It's the third and final time the law has been struck down in court. The city now has no more appeals left and the soda ban, championed by Bloomberg as a means of fighting obesity, ...

The Huffington Post  

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

NYC Soda Ban Struck Down Again, This Time By Appeals Court external link

The law, which would have prohibited those businesses from selling sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces, "violated the state principle of separation of powers," the First Department of the state Supreme Court's ...

Huffington Post  

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Soda Ban Ruling Appealed By NYC In Hopes To Enforce Sugary Drinks Restrictions external link

New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks, which was struck down by a Manhattan judge the day before it was to go into effect.

Huffington Post  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New York City Soda Ban Health Fallout: Bloomberg's Legislation Struck Down... Now What? external link

State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling dismissed the law, explaining that the New York City's Board of Health lacked the jurisdiction to enforce it. He further went on to find that the rule was "arbitrary ...

The Huffington Post  

Monday, March 11, 2013

facebook twitter pinterest email comments Bloomberg On Soda Ban Ruling: 'We're Very Confident That We'll Win On Appeal' external link

"There's one public health crisis that has grown worse and worse over the years and that's obesity," Mayor Bloomberg stressed, after reciting a long list of public health initiatives his administration has passed. During his ...

The Huffington Post  

Monday, March 11, 2013

NYC Soda Ban Dismissal Puts Brother Jimmy's Plans To Comply On Ice external link

Josh Lebowitz, CEO of Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, purchased 1,000 pint-sized glasses to prepare for New York City’s ban on large sugary drinks. But those glasses never made it out of the box after a state ...

The Wall Street Journal  

Monday, March 11, 2013

Judge Cans Soda Ban external link

“At a late afternoon news conference, Mr. Bloomberg and the city's top lawyer, Michael Cardozo, said they believed the judge erred in his ruling and vowed to appeal. The decision was both lauded and criticized ...

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