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Sound Off: Should NYC Soda Ban Come to Nassau?

The NYC Board of Health has banned the sale of sugary drinks more than 16 ounces.

The New York City Board of Health on Thursday morning took a step in a direction they believe will help curb obesity in the metropolitan area.

The board voted 8-0 to ban the sale of super-sized sugary drinks in Manhattan.

The Associated Press reports:

The regulation, which was proposed in the spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved by panel of health experts after several months of review, puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.

According to the Daily News, supermarkets and convenience stores like 7-Eleven and its (in)famous Big Gulp are exempt from the ban because "the restriction applies only to establishments that receive letter grades from the Health Department."

The ban is supposed to take effect in six months, according to reports.

Approximately 20 miles east of New York City lies Nassau County, where no such ban exists or has even been suggested. But the recent sugary ban in NYC leads one to believe that one for Nassau County could be on the horizon.

Do you think a ban on sugary drinks more than 16 ounces is necessary for Nassau County?

Bill Sweeney September 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM
You're kidding, right?
jbauer September 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Check out the county's obesity rate: 53.2% of Nassau County residents are obese or overweight; granted, this is the entire county, not just Garden City, but it's still major cause for diabetes, cardio vascular disease and some cancers http://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/prevention/obesity/county/nassau.htm Behavior/Risk Indicators (2008-09) Indicator County Rate CI # State Rate CI # % Adults Overweight or Obese (BMI 25+) - Age-adjusted 53.2 ± 5.8 59.3 ± 2.5