RIP Soda Ban: Court Strikes Down Controversial NYC Regulation

In a loss for wellness warriors everywhere — not just those in the Big Apple — the New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday struck down a proposed regulation that would ban sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces in New York City, arguing that the city's Board of Health does not have the authority to impose such a rule.

The court's decision ended the most infamous of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's public health initiatives. Critics of the soda ban claimed the city wanted to restrict citizens' free choice, and noted that application of the rule would be impractical and inconsistent. According to The New York Times,

As New Yorkers based in Brooklyn, we at MindBodyGreen are a little sad to see the soda ban go. On the surface the proposal appears to restrict consumer choice. But given that the product in question is designed to be difficult to give up — some doctors say sugar is akin to a recreational drug — why not put some rules in place to protect the consumer?

We were glad to see government try to protect our well-being, especially because food-industry conglomerates seem hellbent on selling addictive products, without regard for health effects.

(Besides, if some New Yorkers really found themselves unable to live without giant sodas, they would have been able to buy all the 16-ounce drinks they wanted at grocery stores and markets!)

As for us, we'll stick to green juice.

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