UPDATE: The Big-Gulp Ban has passed. Soda fans say they’re “exploring legal options.”
We’d like to advise readers to try and get a nap in at work today — we wouldn’t want any fussy-ness when Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s latest attempt to treat you like babies gets approved this afternoon — which it likely will.
That’s right — today is the day a city health panel is scheduled to vote on Bloomberg’s proposed “Big-Gulp Ban,” which would prevent restaurants, sports venues and movie theaters from serving soda in containers larger than 16 ounces.
The plan is an attempt by the mayor to curb obesity. The downside is it will do literally nothing to curb obesity.
Aside from the fact that it’s not the mayor’s job to tell us what we can and can’t eat — again, because we’re fucking adults — the plan is more annoying than it is life changing; you can still drink as much soda as you want, you’d just have to drink it out of two separate containers, which takes stupid to an entirely different level.
Not to mention, the ban only applies to the aforementioned businesses.
In other words, if you buy a slice of pizza at a pizzeria where the ban
applies, there’s nothing to stop you from going to the bodega next door
and buying whatever size soda you want.
The proposed ban is just one part of the mayor’s
over-reaching health initiative, which also includes a ban on donating
food to homeless shelters because the city isn’t able to monitor the
sodium content of the donated food, a baby formula hide-and-seek program
to encourage new mothers to breast-feed their newborns, and his
opposition to a breakfast program for hungry kids at the city’s public
schools, which he opposes because he thinks the risk of fat kids
sneaking extra breakfast outweighs the rewards of feeding hungry kids.
Nal Barak, the owner of a Crown Fried Chicken in Harlem — which is located directly next door to a bodega — tells the Voice that if Bloomberg gets his way, he wouldn’t be able to sell the majority of the drinks in his cooler.
don’t like this law,” he says. “If [the mayor] cares about the health
[the ban should apply to everyone, not just restaurants].”
says he doesn’t necessarily disagree with banning big sodas, noting that
“sugar is no good for nobody.” But he’s angry because the ban will
drive business away from his store and over to the bodega that’s right
According to the recently released New York Times
poll, six out of 10 New Yorkers disapprove of Bloomberg’s proposed ban,
while only 36 percent think it’s a “good idea.” That’s compared to a NY1
poll conducted last month that found 42 percent of New Yorkers
supported the ban — and we can compare that to a June poll that showed the mayor was only losing his war on soda by a 51-46 percent margin.
We’ll let you know how the panel votes — although, as we mentioned, it’s expected to pass. Check back for updates.