New Yorkers are preparing to alter their intake of carbonated sugar drinks as Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on oversized servings of soda is set to go into affect this coming Tuesday. The City is sticking to its launch date although the regulation despite a pending court ruling on a lawsuit filed by the American Beverage Association as well as the NAACP.
Under the ban, the City would impose a $200 fine (per violation) against any local establishment with a health department letter grade that sells sugary soft drinks larger than 16 oz. Diet drinks with fewer than 25 calories per 8oz., dairy products and alcoholic drinks are exempt from the rule. However, the Health Department said it would give businesses a 3-month grace period on the ban.
In the meantime, a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that New Yorkers were divided almost evenly on whether or not they thought the ban was a good thing. In addition, some business have postponed preparing their shops until the court ruling.