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Opposition to beverage ban continues to grow

Sixty percent of New Yorkers oppose a proposal to prohibit the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants and various other venues throughout that city, according to a report published by The New York Times.

Of 1,026 adults polled, six out of 10 said the proposed ban is a bad idea, and 36 percent reported that they support it, according to The Times article. Those polled who said they are opposed to the ban, proposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, indicate they think it is overreaching.

"This is more proof that New Yorkers don't want the city telling them what they're allowed to eat and drink," Eliot Hoff, spokesman for New Yorkers for Beverage Choices, said. "The proposal will likely pass when the mayor-appointed board votes on it, but it won't pass with the support of New Yorkers."

Despite its expectation that the health department will vote for the ban, the beverage coalition is continuing its efforts to educate New Yorkers and businesses in New York about the impact of the proposal. To date, nearly 150,000 individuals and more than 1,770 businesses have signed a petition opposing the proposed ban.

"It's clear that a growing number of New Yorkers do not support this," Hoff said. "We are smart enough to make our own choices about what to buy and in what quantities without government help."

If passed, the ban would prohibit the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, delis, movie theaters, sports arenas and stadiums, food carts and other venues throughout New York City.

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