As expected, the New York City Board of Health has approved a ban on the sale of sugar sodas in containers larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, street carts, movie theaters and arenas, the first such restriction in the nation. The measure was championed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a means to fight obesity.
Opposition at a packed room hearing in late July included testimony from Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz. New Yorkers for Beverage Choices also organized a citywide protest, including ads posted on signage at Brooklyn Heights’ Regal/United Artists movie theater.
The Board of Health—whose 11 members are all appointed by Bloomberg—approved the measure with an 8 to 0 vote, with one abstention. The New York Times notes that one member was absent from Thursday’s hearing and another retired from the board this summer. The ban is scheduled to take effect March 12. Read more here. (Image: Boing Boing)