No 2 Liters With Your Pizza! NYC Soda Ban Goes Into Effect On March 12- Clutch MagazineMany people in New York City think Mayor Bloomberg has gone too far with his soda ban. On March 12, the city will start to feel the pinch of the new law, and that includes many pizza parlors.  People can say adios to 2 liters soda, that are commonly ordered alongside a pizza, because Bloomberg has deemed himself the Soda Police. Bloomberg’s law prohibits eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

“It’s ludicrous,” said Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance. “It’s a sealed bottle of soda you can buy in the supermarket. Why can’t they deliver what you can get in the supermarket?”

Not only will the ban affect pizza deliveries, but it will also affect social gathering places.  No large sodas will be allowed at bowling alleys, or even kiddie places like Chuck E. Cheeses.  Also, if you think you’re going to get bottle service in NYC and expect a huge carafe of mixers, it’s not happening.  Carafes usually hold 32 ounces, and are usually sodas, cranberry juice and tonic water, but they will be limited also. Only water and 100 percent juice will be unlimited.

With March 12 fast approaching, many places will have to figure out a workaround to bypass or comply with the law. If you’re found violating Bloomberg’s soda ban, violations can cost $200 each.

What do you think about the soda ban?

 

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  • Kay

    Although I want to say this is good, you can’t stop adults from doing what they want to do. We probably need a national conversation on health, and an honest look at the food industry and how it contributes to long term weight gain. Other than that though, I don’t see how we can shift the entire demographic away from obesity, other than providing incentives for weight loss maybe. I don’t drink soda (I think it’s nasty) but my husband loves it, and even though I don’t buy it, he still gets his hands on it. You can’t stop grown people from getting it if that’s what they want.

  • Blue

    I live in NYC & I can’t WAIT till this guy gets out of office. He’s in the news more fo his bogus bans on nothing that has to do with anything. The only ban I agree with is the banning of smoking indoors in office buildings, clubs etc. But as far as how much soda a person consumes, that’s their business. I’m not a soda drinker because I choose not to drink it. People should make better health choices but that’s a choice the individual has to make for themselves. There are far more important things to worry about in this city other than soda.

  • @omfg:

    It’s actually very easy to spend that much, considering I’m not eating meat/dairy and eating more vegetables to make up for it, which is both a blessing (I love to eat) and a curse (meaning I have to buy more food).

    For example, I paid almost $3 for a bunch of kale yesterday (I couldn’t even bring myself to buy the organic version, which cost almost $5). Which is only enough to be one of my sides for dinner (I’ll typically have two veggie sides and beans/lentils, which I would consider both a protein and starch, or tofu – which is also pretty expensive). Considering that’s what I would typically have for one meal and I eat 4-6 times a day, it’s easy to see how that can add up.

    I eat this way because I believe you cannot put a price tag on your health, I can afford it, I like to keep my diet as varied and interesting as possible, and I prefer fresh food as opposed to anything frozen or in a can.

    I’m not saying there aren’t more economical ways of eating healthy, but there’s no denying that sugary, fatty snack food/cakes/etc. are more filling and cheaper than fresh fruits/vegetables. In my opinioon, that’s a real problem that needs to be addressed.