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Big Apple Bans Big Soda

Sugar-sweetened beverages in big containers may not be as readily-available in New York City in six months.

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The city’s Board of Health has approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of sodas in containers larger than 16 ounces by restaurants, concession stands and street carts.

Bloomberg said he wanted the soda regulation because too many people in New York City are obese.

The big soda ban is scheduled to become effective in March. But it could be delayed if opponents go to court to try to block its implementation.

There are no similar soda sale restrictions on the books in other New York state communities.

During a recent appearance on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program, Mayor Matthew Ryan indicated he had no plans to propose a soda regulation for the city.

Ryan said he had not consumed a soda since 1971.

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