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NYC Ban On “Large Sugary Drinks”, Dead, For Now [POLL]

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Yesterday, a judge in New York City struck down the law that was to take effect today concerning large sugary drinks served at restaurants and convenience stores. State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said the 16-ounce limit arbitrarily applies to only some sugary beverages and to some places that sell them, and also said the Board of Health, whose members were appointed by ban champion Mayor Mike Bloomberg,  intruded on the City Council’s authority when it imposed the rule.

In other words, this new law is on hold and things concerning large sugary drinks are status quo in New York City at the moment, so you can still head on over to 7-11 and get an extra large Big Gulp.

Halting this law has created a headache for restaurants that have already ordered and stocked up on smaller sized cups and glasses.

According to the Mayor, the city will fight the ruling and he is confident they will win on appeal.

Some would argue that the new law would cut down on health costs, thus saving the state and taxpayers a lot of money.

On a somewhat different note, a new study of ancient Egyptian mummies that are literally thousands of years old, has found signs of hardening of the arteries. The study suggests that the hardening of the arteries and heart disease may not entirely be the fault of Big Macs and french fries, but a normal aging process.

So, do you think what Mayor Bloomberg is doing is right?  Should government tell you that you cannot order and then drink a soda that’s 16 ounces or bigger?  We’d like to know, take our poll!


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