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NY Soda Ban Insanity

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 11, 2013

This is not an Orange County story as it originates in New York, but I felt compelled to chime in on the liberal insanity regarding the evils of soda. Let me first insert the disclaimer that I do not drink soda and as a hobby run a fitness review blog as well (shameless plug). Although I encourage people to not drink soda I believe that people can make that decision for themselves. I have tried to educate myself on the soda ban have feel that it is relevant today based on a judges decision to rule against the law.

The ban based on my reading would make it so that NY eating establishments could not sell sodas that come in a size of more than 16 ounces. This includes fast food places that have the soda fountains in them. The ban would not apply to supermarkets, convenience stores, and vending machines. Th most puzzling part on this proposed law is that it does not ban refills on 16 ounce drinks.

I find the definition of a sugary drink (the ban is technically on sugary drinks and not just soda). To be the most confusing. Certain drinks are exempt from being on the list of banned substances that are also unhealthy. If you own a bottle of fruit juice I dare you to look at what is actually in it. Although, I find this to be confusing as well and could be misinterpreting the law and fruit juices like cranberry would also be banned. Chime in down in the comment section if you have a definitive answer on this one.

Here is my favorite part, you would not be able to order 2 liter sodas with a pizza. I thought about this and realized that a major flaw existed with this part of the law. Last June I ordered the following from a local pizza place:

5 pizzas
3 bottles of soda (2 liters each)

What was I doing?

A) Being REALLY unhealthy thus proving that we should ban sodas and probably put a cap on the number of pizzas you can order.

B) Throwing an election night party with some friends and colleagues.

Earlier today a judge ruled against the sugary drink ban and decided that it was inconsistent in the way it applied to only certain beverages and also on the types of establishments that were included in the ban. Although, it would be fun to see speakeasies make a comeback.

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