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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.


Soda News

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 ...

USA Today  

Monday, March 11, 2013

Judge Blocks NYC’s Big Gulp Ban, Bloomberg Vows Appeal external link

“A New York state judge blocked New York City's limit on big sugary drinks Monday, just a day before the law was set to take effect, calling the limits "arbitrary and capricious." And in a ...

The Huffington Post  

Monday, February 25, 2013

NYC Soda Ban Ruining Pizza Parties? Restaurants, Businesses Preparing For Bloomberg Initiative external link

One of soda's most common companions, obviously, is pizza, so Pix11 stopped by a Cobble Hill pizza joint to ask the owners and customers what they think of the ban, namely the new law's elimination of the ...

The Huffington Post  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

NYC Soda Ban: Critics Seek To Delay Enforcement Of Sugary Drinks Size Limit external link

Opponents are pressing to delay enforcement of the city's novel plan to crack down on supersized, sugary drinks, saying businesses shouldn't have to spend millions of dollars to comply until a court rules on whether ...

ABC Univision  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Is Bloomberg's Soda Ban Discriminatory? external link

The Ban Would Have Cracked Down On Independent Grocers, But Not Big Chains, Which Are Overseen By The State "In a hearing on Wednesday, critics will likely argue that the ban will be inconsistently implemented, ...

The Atlantic  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New York's Mayor On Everything From Campaign Money To Circumcision external link

Bloomberg: "All We're Saying Is That Restaurants And Theaters Can't Use Cups Greater Than 16 Ounces." BLOOMBERG: "Number one - number one: We are not banning anything. All we're saying is that restaurants and theaters ...

The Huffington Post  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New York City to Add Soft Drinks to List of Health Hazards external link

Last week, New York City showed the nation once again what it means to be on the cutting edge of public health policy. The city announced a bold plan to limit the size of sugary ...

The Huffington Post  

Monday, June 4, 2012

ayor Bloomberg's New York Soda Ban: Would A Ban on Supersized Soda Help People Make Healthy Choices? external link

When New York City's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced last week that he planned to propose a municipal ban on large sodas in restaurants, he triggered strong reactions that ranged from congratulatory to incredulous. On ...

The New York Times  

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Ban Too Far external link

The New York Times' Editorial Board: "Too Much Nannying With A Ban Might Well Cause People To Tune Out." "Promoting healthy lifestyles is important. In the case of sugary drinks, a regular reminder that a ...

The New York Times  

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Ban Too Far external link

The New York Times' Editorial Board Said Bloomberg's Soda Ban Was An Overreach "Mr. Bloomberg, however, is overreaching with his new plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. He argues ...

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