The New York Soda ban was approved today by the city’s Board of Health.
That means that it will soon be illegal for New Yorks to by venti Frappucinos, big gulp slurpees, or any sugar-sweetened drink in a cup larger than 16-ounces.
The Huffington Post reports that nine members of the Board of Health voted to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban. One abstained.
New York’s soda ban will cover restaurants, delis, movie theaters, and sports stadiums. The ban does not cover grocery stores, diet sodas, alcohol, or drinks that are mor than 70-percent fruit juice.
The strange law has been met with criticism as people accuse Bloomberg of enforcing a nanny state in New York. Samantha Levine, a Bloomberg spokeswoman, said that people lodged similar complaints when the city implemented a smoking ban.
Once approved, restaurants will have nine months to comply with the limits before facing $200 fines.