NYC health board passes sugary drink ban

11:00 AM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
Drinks like 7-Eleven's Super Big Gulp will be banned under the new ban in New York City (Flickr:Psyanea)
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(WXIA) -- New York City's board of health on Thursday approved a ban on "large" sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues in the city.

The measure, championed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will go into effect on March 12, 2013. On that date, the city will ban restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, Broadway theaters, arenas and stadiums from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces.

The ban does not cover beverages sold in supermarkets or most convenience stores.

Anyone violating the ban will be fined. The amount of the fines has not been set yet.

The ban was passed by a board vote of 8-0. One board member, Dr. Sixto Caro, abstained from voting.

"I am still skeptical. This is not comprehensive enough," Caro said.

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Some New Yorkers have ridiculed the rule as a gross government intrusion and tens of thousands signed a petition, circulated by the restaurant industry, voicing their opposition.

(WNBC New York contributed to this article.)

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