March 8th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

Prepping for NYC’s ban on large sugary drinks

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – The term 'nanny state' can be heard echoing throughout New York City as the ban on large size sugary soft drink goes into effect next week.

Some businesses are figuring out ways to work around the ban.

[1:08] “What I don’t understand is this, they don’t want me to put a carafe of let’s say tonic or ginger ale, unless it’s diet, out which a carafe is a liter. But I can have ten 16 ounce bottles of it out on the same table,” said Paul Seres who runs the DL Restaurant and Lounge in New York City.

Eric Levine and his family own ten Dallas BBQ restaurants throughout the city. Twenty ounce drinks are popular items on the menu.

[3:17] “It could cost us tens of thousands of dollars for replacing glassware in ten restaurants. We’re not a chain; we’re a family run business. We’re not a large corporation. So it will take effect and we’ll absorb the cost and try not to trickle it down to our customers,” said Levine.

Dunkin Donuts is handing out flyers informing customers that they will still be able to buy some large and extra-large drinks. But, people will have to add their own sugar afterwards.

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  1. MakeIt EAsy

    This is just a taste test guys. When obamacare kicks in.
    They WILL be able to keep these kinds of laws.
    Or you will be taxed

    March 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. spence

    Time to return to opening speakeasies, to have that "forbidden" beverage!

    March 13, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. louie

    I personaly think that we all have lost sight of what it is to have freedom of choise no one exept oneself should have the right todecide what to eat or drink whats nex will we be told when to sleep when to play when to enjoy ourself or even when we will die?tell all the politetions to put a sox onit and work for the people do whats important for the people not trivial things like what to drink if they have nothing beter to do go on vacation not com up with ridicules things grow up america we are loosing all of our rights pice by pice and we can not do anything about it this is my opinion

    March 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barbara

    This guy, Mayor "my way or the highway" Bloomberg is a megalomaniac ! He wants to insert his rules all over the world. Fortunately the NYC judge put him in check today and let him know there are higher powers than his little Napoleon ass and his stupid idea is not going to happen anytime soon. He'll appeal it, can't take defeat. Who elected him as king of the world anyway?

    March 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. skastenbaumcnn

    So by now you may have heard that a New York State Supreme Court Justice put the brakes on the soda ban. He ruled that it was arbitrary and capricious, that it could not be enforced evenly. City Hall vows to appeal ASAP. I wonder if the judge heard my report?

    March 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hooligan

    A stupid law meant to suggest people are too stupid to run their own lives.

    Instead of actually informing the public of the foods they eat, lets just BAN them.

    Personal choice takes a back seat to what the government thinks it best for you.

    March 11, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • mopi

      The city has done a lot of educating about unhealthy lifestyle.

      March 11, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. sam

    Thats like a SMOKING BAN at an AIRPORT OUTSIDE,When the PELS are Staggering,Jet fuel,carbon monoxide,buses taxi's,cars,vans,and whts coming out of everyone's breath especially on all those no ventilated JETS ...Hmmmmmmmm

    March 11, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. sam

    Wait a minute,If Alcohol use is costing the USA $280 Billion a year ,and im sure NYC is the biggest Addition to that WHy dont they BAN Alcohol use,and secondly You talk about obese,what about the 10 million hotdogs,bagels,fat loaded othe lunches those people consume per day ? Its not SODA,How dumb can anyone be to beleive its SODA ? OH MY

    March 11, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. thinkofthis

    A quote to consider – "I too should be able to have as much coke as I want...why should I have a smaller glass than you...and why do I have to drink water?" My 3 year old son. If people act like they are 3, then yes, someone will have to limit their use of soft drinks. And yes, this law will result in better health, and lower health care costs for NY... like it or not. And yes, you still have to wear a seat belt, no drugs, not drink and drive, not kill people, not steal, pay taxes, do your chores, and generally make sensible decisions. And no, it's not called socialism, it's called rules, and some people do learn them when they are only 3.

    March 11, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • angilo

      and a large problem with this country is the simplistic idea of people like you, that everyone needs to be taken care of by the government. The people don't need to be taken care of by bleeding hearts like you. You are supposed to be free to make your own decisions good or bad, and by the way you should have to live by those decisions and not expect to be taken care of when the consequences arrive. The cost of a life time baby sitter is to high in many ways. Educate not legislate.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Enoch

        You are missing the point. She is making responsible decisions and doesn't need the law. A lot of people don't make good decisions and then expect the state to pay for it later in terms of health care. So, these people who want to make bad decisions aren't just affecting themselves, but they are taking money from everyone. If they expect the state to pay for some of their healthcare and they make bad health decisions, then they should also expect the state to take preventative measures.

        March 11, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
        • kippyafd

          Large sodas are not the problem. There are so many foods that are bad, banning large sodas will do nothing. Free refills anyone? Stores still sell soda, don't they? Stop telling people what to do. Why must government make decisions such as soda sizes for us?

          March 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan

      did you actually just try to relate drinking a big gulp to drinking and driving?

      Are you ret@rded?

      March 11, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mm Hmm

      It really is that easy. Petulant children have taken over the world.

      March 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 40ozFreedom

    You are all morons. Don't you realize YOU are the ones giving your freedom away... by allowing government to grow and absorb private industries into government programs (i.e. health insurance). This has a ripple effect. Government pays for healthcare (or subsidizes it), healthcare program is too expensive for government (who didnt see this one), America has a bunch of fata$$es in it (55% obese????), being a sloppy fat person leads to additional health problems (diabetes, arterial/ cardiac issues, lower immune system), more health problems mean more visits to doctor, more visits to doctor means higher cost of healthcare, higher cost of healthcare leads govt to end fat people.
    This is the explicit reason government should stay out of the private sector!!! Let people get fat off their own free will, blame it on genetics, not be able to get health insurance because all of their pre-existing conditions caused by obesity, and die younger... but at least die a free person

    March 11, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • angilo

      You haven't seen anything yet. Just wait until Obama Nation takes full effect. And by the way it will go into effect on the day after Obama Care goes into full effect. You will soon be told what and how to eat and how much exercise you will be required to do a day. If you smoke or drink you will be required to pay for that vice through sin taxes.

      The sucking sound you hear is this country going down the drain.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
      • kippyafd

        The people agreeing with this ban will one day get one of their freedoms taken away, or something they enjoy banned. You cannot tell me the people who like this rule only take in healthy foods and drink water. If they eat processed foods at all there are so many chemicals in them, ever try reading a label? Can the ingredients be identified? are they healthy? So should the government ban all that food too? How about food from McDonald's? Close them down so no one will be obese? It is foolish to think we can make people healthy by banning a single item.

        March 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
        • well...

          Is McDonald's still technically food?

          March 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WhoElectedHimBossOfCivilRights

    He must think he is God with all his money and all that money allows him to dictate someone's basic human rights. He needs a brain transplant if he thinks his silly little ban will do anything except have someone order another sugary drink and then another. Lets pray that he gets the brain transplant from someone who can count past 16.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jon

    haha, an assault soda ban....just as ridiculous as your guns laws

    March 11, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. WhoElectedHimBossOfCivilRights

    If someone wants a sugary drink of a certain size, they should have the right and if someone wants a non-sugary drink, then they can order diet. Where does this idiot you guys elected (must have got paid real well for the vote by the way) get off on thinking that just because he has all his money that he thinks he can own people's rights and dictate to them what they should eat, what they should drink, how much to eat, how much to drink, WHAT NEXT... HOW MUCH AIR TO BREATHE???? If people want to get fat and obese, that is their right, not costing him a dime to feed them or if they have health problems, it does not cost him money either. Sounds to me like he is a little weak man who has to have a big bark to prove his manhood and dictate how people should eat or drink. Just because he must think Olive Oil from Popeye was attractive being a tall toothpick, not everyone else does. If he thinks skinny is attractive, he has the right, but that does not make it right to try to keep everyone in that state skinny by passing his stupid laws, not everyone is attracted to skinny just like not everyone is attracted to someone who is obese. He should invest some of his money on a brain transplant or something, since he thinks banning a certain size drink because it contains sugar???? Please!!! All you have to do is order the 16-ounce size and drink it up, and then order another one, which would equal 32 ounces; as I said before, sounds like needs a brain transplant from at least a 6-year-old child. I think they could figure out that. I guess next, if the mayor does not like straight people, then he will ban them and force them into only having gay relationships or if he does not like gay people, then he will force them into a straight only relationship or else!!!! Everything he does goes against civil rights and whoever voted him in must have been paid well for their vote or just as stupid as they are.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mack

      Heh heh...you want to tell women what they can do with their own bodies, so now you have someone telling you what size of sugary drink you can and can't buy. Doesn't feel too good, huh?

      March 11, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
      • liz

        Uh, who tells women what to do with their bodies? Last time I checked, abortion is still legal. As is birth control, condoms, responsible behavior and abstinence. Women's bodies have never been so displayed and given away freely, including teenagers, as they are today.

        March 11, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Natch

    Really easy solution to the large glassware problem. Fill the glass half way, deliver it to the table. Now you've satisfied the requirement to NOT serve oversized beverages.

    Now walk back to the table with a pitcher, and ask if anyone needs a refill??

    Sound ridiculous? No more so than Bloomberg, and his silly Nanny State laws!

    March 11, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • MakeIt EAsy

      That could work! An amazing loophole!

      March 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BG

    Wow, what mindless cattle new yorkers are.

    March 11, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  16. liberal disease

    80 percent of high school graduate in NYC cant read and this liberal moron is worried about soda!

    March 11, 2013 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • liberal cure

      Do you really believe that 80 percent of New York high school graduates can't read? You're calling him a moron, but you can't even spell graduates.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  17. thewnow

    If I carry a 20 oz drink on the streets, can I be incarcerated? if so, for how long??

    March 11, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • kippyafd

      You, after all would be far more dangerous than actual criminals......

      March 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. gager

    The law will not improve health but will make the mayor feel better about it.

    March 11, 2013 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  19. Freedoman

    Land of the free???? hahahah...yeah right ..I live in South America....not in the Esclavos Unidos (United Slaves) anymore. I cant believe Americans talk about freedom. You dont have any.

    March 11, 2013 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
    • WhoElectedHimBossOfCivilRights

      Absolutely right! Once you are an official U.S. citizen, whether you were born here or applied to become a U.S. citizen, you just gave up every single right, basic human right and freedom, and have now inherited dictatorhip. Total dictatorship. They pick and choose what they will allow your basic human rights of what to smoke, drink, or anything else that you might want to do, and it should be your business and not their business, and if they think something is bad for your health, then you should decide if you want to take the chance or not and should not have them decide for us. If they do not like something, don't do it, and leave everyone else alone and let them decide on their own human rights that God gave to us, not the U.S. or any other country and they should learn how to run a country first besides dictating people's basic human rights.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. melissa

    Don't ever tell me what i can or can not do F*ck th government!

    March 11, 2013 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I didn't know they let you get on computers during the day in middle school!

      March 11, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
      • dumbasfock

        Because only a middle school student would have the audacity to question the government treating them like children? Nothing about that post made me think middle school student. If you want to be a good little sheep and defend this overreach you are welcome to. Dont make the mistake of thinking those of us who prefer to make our own decisions regarding our morning coffee are the ones who need help.

        March 11, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  21. USMC5711

    They say America is a land of opportunity, and you have freedom of choice. That’s not what I see; it’s starting that the government will eventually dictate everything. It’s guns, drinks and smoking now, but where does it stop? Who decides how far this will go? They say I fight for the American peoples freedoms, but that’s not what I see.

    March 11, 2013 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • dumbasfock

      You fight wars for bankers. Dont feel bad. I'm not knocking you. I did the same until recently. Retired 19D Cavscout

      March 11, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. indyraseigo

    Welcome to the police state b%tches

    March 11, 2013 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  23. morgan

    People with diabetes who have been using the sugar free stuff for years are starting to experience health problems related to the sugar substitutes no matter what name they go by.

    March 11, 2013 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  24. What?

    What?!?! They ban sugary beverage in city where most people don't own car and walk to work but no ban in city where people too lazy to get out of car to order a hamburger. Their mind went backward.

    March 11, 2013 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Rivera

      This "nanny state" Political Correctness is having a bad effect on the country, the economy, the moral fiber. Where does it end, you must EAT BROCCOLI?

      March 11, 2013 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  25. travis

    this is gay. they want to take away sugary drinks but you can still add bacon to everything. fucking stupid.

    March 11, 2013 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Everyone stopped taking you seriously once you dissed on bacon. Go home, you're drunk.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  26. oscar

    Overweight people / Diabetic people cost billions to tax payers and health insurances. It;s not a freedom.....is a social problem. They cannot even board a plane or at least they have to pay for two seat in order to fit in....
    "Everything in moderation and moderation in all"............

    March 11, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • cher


      March 11, 2013 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      It is about freedom, people should be free to consume whatever they want, AND rights shouldn't be infringed in the act of making one person pay the doctor's bill for another person.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  27. george Wahington

    I thought here in America that we HAD freedom in this country, the government was suppose to stay out of our daily lives, oh, I forgot we live in the new America where we are all a bunch of sheep and puppets, where we are no longer responsible for ourselves, we have to blame everything and everyone for OUR choices. What if I say that consuming a large sugary drink is a "pursuit of my happiness" which is protected by the Constitution! for the rest of you idiots that agree with Bloomberg and his kind, you must need someone to watch out for you at all times, check on you daily and change your diapers when needed. People really need to not only wise up but grow up. Our government serves us , it does not enslave us. I used to live in America, a model for Democracy, now I live the American that has become the laughing stock of the world.

    March 10, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go Ducks

      I have no problem with you guzzling gallons of sugar water and eating fried foods until your heart explodes. Just don't come to me and want my tax dollars to bail you out for your insane lifestyle choices. If you wanna be a 350 lb cow, by all means go ahead, just don't ask me or anyone else to pay for your early onset diabetes, knee replacements, early heart attack or stroke. Or any other of the myriad of diseases the morbidly obese experience far more than others.

      March 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • travis

        should america pay for the surgeries i need when i get cancer from smoking? you would probably say no. the system must change, but dont force it from people. "That is not Liberty."

        Oh and your gonna pay for those surgeries as I smoke my L&M lights.....mmmmmm smooth.

        March 11, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
      • indyraseigo

        Funny. What you ought to be disturbed about instead is how your right to choose is being systematically errorded. Did you know we're all too stupid to make better eating & drinking choices? The state of NY thinks so. First its sugary drinks, then its you being required to give your 8 year old daughter the HPV vaccine. Oh wait...that IS required in some places already. Creeped yet? If you aren't, you ought to be.

        March 11, 2013 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Jack Rivera

        They have to pay for whatever you get, you lousy puppet of the nanny state.

        March 11, 2013 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Alex

        The two issues go hand in hand, BS legislation such as this is a result of the BS legislation that you and I have to pay for Fat Phil's doctor's bill

        March 11, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  28. w8md medical weight loss centers of america

    As a physician practicing obesity medicine and weight loss, I must say that the large sugary drinks are never needed for anybody for nutritional purposes. They do not supply balanced nutrition other than large dose of high glycemic sugar that serves no purpose other than adding to the all too common insulin resistance that affects up to 71 percent of the population. In fact, the insulin resistance is what contributes to the vicious cycle of sugar rush and crash as the body will go in to starvation mode with insulin resistance. I am not saying ban all sugary drinks, but only the super sized ones.

    March 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. blah

    Are americans still getting dumber? must be all the crap they eat and drink (mm aldohextro-79-nanogluco-fructosyrup) ya keep feeding that to the masses.
    Kuddos to someone for doing the RIGHT thing for the stupid people who don't know better. Health care in USA costs trillions of dollars and the overwhelming majority of the cost is for stupid preventable illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.
    Do yourself a favour and stop consuming sugar for a month. You will feel better and might even feel your brain start to grow.

    Friggin USA

    March 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Rob

    Holy shit I'm glad I don't live in New York City. Not because of this-I rarely drink soda and never in large quantities-but just because I don't like having some pompous government prick making my life choices for me. If I DID live there, I would vote with my feet and get the hell out. It would be great if all the hard working, paycheck earning residents did that. Drain the fucking place of its tax revenue and let all the SNAP recipients starve to death. Yay for natural selection.

    March 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
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