We don’t know about you, but we feel that if someone wants a 20 oz. sugary soda every once in a blue moon, perhaps to mix with their liquor of choice, they should be entitled to have one. The Bloomberg administration is still trying to take away this enjoyment that this fulfills for us New Yorkers.
The plan, which would go into effect next March, prohibits the sale of drinks or bottles larger than 16 oz. that contain sugary substances. As of now this stipulation does not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks, or alcoholic drinks. It also does not affect drinks sold in supermarkets or convenience stores.
We fear the “off-limits” list will just continue to grow. As a result, the major soft drink distributors are taking action. Lobbyists from Coca-Cola along with other soda companies have met with city officials to discuss the ban, and are being even more active by soliciting New Yorkers from the streets to sign their petitions.
It is understood that drinking large quantities of soda may result in obesity, but if someone is a soda junkie, they will get their fix from other outlets where it is not prohibited. Further, they will probably just buy two bottles instead of one, resulting in the consumption of even more sugar. So what is the point? Besides basically impeding on our freedom?
If large bottles of soda are banned, we seriously don’t want to know what other types of bottles will be banned next.