Should government be able to ration your soda consumption? Millions of New Yorkers asked this question Thursday as the New York City Board of Health approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and sugary drinks. The ban will prevent restaurants, street carts and movie theatres from selling cups over 16 ounces that contain energy drinks, presweetened iced teas and non-diet soda.
The public health community praised the decision, citing the fact that 5,000 New Yorkers per year die of maladies related to obesity and overweightness. Studies link soda consumption with these weight issues, demonstrating that the soda ban will cut 63 calories per fast food trip. Proponents of the ban point out that it is not limiting consumers’ civil liberties, as they are welcomed to purchase as many sodas under 16 ounces as they would like.
However, six out of ten New Yorkers oppose the soda ban. Opponents feel that the ban is an infringement on their civil liberties, and that the government should remove themselves from public soda fountains.
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