Riot Soda

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.

What do you think about the New York soda ban? Let us know by adding your comment below.

Julia Krieger

Project Specialist

Campaign Consultation, Inc.

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Julia Krieger

I have extensive experience coordinating communications and outreach initiatives focused on health and social issues. In my current position as Project Specialist, I provide communications technical assistance to regional and federal efforts within the National Partnership for Action initiative, with support from the Office of Minority Health. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer who worked on health and social affairs projects in the Federated States of Micronesia. Read more.

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