The NYC soda ban is set to go into effect thanks to Mayor Bloomberg. On March 11, the New York Post reported that NYC will have some new laws in place that will prohibit eateries to serve soda in 2-liter bottles or pitchers larger than 16 oz. Sorry, Domino's. You're out of luck with your pizza/soda bargains.
"Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even baby formula," the NY Post reports.
The NYC soda ban has a lot of people pretty aggravated. Eatery owners don't like being told what to do and consumers fear that they will be paying higher prices. As the NY Post points out, it takes six 12oz cans to get the amount of soda in a 2-liter bottle. And the six cans cost $4.50 more than the bottle -- and that hurts your wallet.
Bloomberg's whole idea is to get people to cut back on drinking sugary drinks for health reasons. Apparently he doesn't realize that he's just making it more difficult for people to drink Coke. If they want to drink it, they are going to find it.
The NYC soda ban is hitting bars and nightclubs too. "If you’re looking for a night of bottle service at a Manhattan hot spot, be warned: Spending $300 on a bottle of vodka no longer entitles you to a full complement of mixers," the NY Post reports. Diet sodas, however, are excluded from the ban. Any drink with more than 3.125 calories per ounce is what Bloomberg's ban consists of. And violators? Will face a $200 fine.
You can still buy 2-liter bottles of soda at the supermarket in NYC, however. For now.
© Effie Orfanides 2013