The NYC sugar ban is back


New York residents continued to drink their large, over- sugared drinks past March 12 when the New York City ban on over sized sugary drinks was set to take place, according to a recent Yahoo News article.

The ban, championed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was  struck down March 11—less than 24 hours before it was set to take effect—by state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling, who argued that the new regulation was undermined by loopholes. Tingling noted, among other things, an exemption that would have allowed state-regulated stores like 7-11 to continue selling large sodas.

The ban on sugar coincides with his platform to increase the health of everyone living in the city, according to a Reuters article.

Despite the ban being overhauled, city officials have asked an appeals court judge to reinstate the ban, stating that it helps reduce obesity in consumers.

However if they are going to proceed with the banning of these large drinks, they, too, should fix the problems Tingling originally found.

NPR also researched the canceling of the ban, partially focusing on why Tingling decided the ban would not be effective.

What’s more, Tingling noted, the regulations wouldn’t have applied equally across eating establishments. For example, sugary milk products would have been exempt, as would 7-Eleven and other convenience stores, and supermarkets.

Those gaps in the law would have seriously limited its effectiveness, says David Just of Cornell University’s Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. He says the ban would not likely have made much of an impact on overall calorie intake.

The ban would have affected chain stores such as McDonalds, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts in the city.

McDonalds and Dunkin’ Donuts had already planned on not adding sugar to their coffee selections, but were opting to allow customers to add their own sweeteners after ordering.

According to a New York Times article that came out prior March 11, the ban would have affected various well-loved concoctions:

The city’s new regulations regarding coffee hinge on delicate calculations about milk, calorie and sugar ratios. As with other sugary drinks, coffee cups 16 ounces or smaller are unaffected. But unlike sodas, which will max out at 16 ounces, cups of coffee larger than 16 ounces can still be served as long as the barista adds no more than three to five packets of sugar. (The limit depends on the size of the drink.)

And once the drink is handed over, customers can add as much sugar as they want.

Starbucks, on the other hand, was planning on still adding sugar to their large drinks, but only after customers asked for it.

Even after these loopholes, though, city officials are still trying to push their ban on sugary drinks on the people of New York City, and the people of the city have their own opinions as to how the city should be handling their time.

Commentators on various news sites have responded to the updates:

NY city officials ought to focus on educating and promoting good habits to its citizens rather than restricting their rights. It’s as if they no longer trust the people to make their own decisions. What does that say about the kind of society we are becoming?

Do you feel strongly about someone taking away your right to have sugar in your morning beverage? Comment below.


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