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New York City's Soda Ban: What Does It Cover? What's Still Safe?

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, the city I live in and also some other people live in, proposed a ban on the sale of large sugary beverages today. Since everybody went immediately into freak-out mode, the facts of what the ban does and doesn’t apply to have been kind of drowned out. I don’t really have strong feelings one way or another since I don’t really drink much soda. Once I got a Mountain Dew with some Chinese food and it’s been in fridge for seven years now. But for those of you who will be affected or for those of you who are simply curious, here is what the ban does and doesn’t apply to.

You can still buy a two-liter of soda at the grocery store.
The ban applies to restaurants, theaters, stadiums, delis, and food carts. Grocery stores can still sell whatever they want.

Diet soda is fine.
The ban only applies to sugary drinks, but since diet soda doesn’t have sugar, it’s cool.

Fruit juice is fine.
I wouldn’t recommend it, but you can still drink a 32 oz. apple juice if that’s what floats your boat.

Fruit drink is not.
Sorry, if you want to drink a gallon of Kool-Aid, you have to do it at home.

Sweetened coffee is not fine.
Sweetened coffee that’s larger than 16 oz. is off limits.

Unless it’s a latte.
If a drink is more than half milk, the ban doesn’t apply. So you can still get gross drinks at Starbucks and milkshakes.

You can still order as much soda as you want.
It just will have to come in more than one container.

What do you think about the mayor’s soda ban?

Image: Alan Fisher, New York World Telegram

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