Would a Soda Ban Help?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

New York’s proposed soda ban didn’t happen. But would it have been as bad or good as we think? What’s the deal with soda, anyway?

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“New York City’s appeal of soda ban ruling to be heard in June”

“The legal battle over New York City’s ban of large sugary drinks is set to continue in early June, after a New York appellate court agreed on Wednesday to hear the city’s appeal of a ruling that struck down the new law.”

“Why Bloomberg’s soda ban fizzled”

“On the eve of the implementation of one of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s most controversial laws — limiting the allowable size of sugary drinks sold in the city — Justice Milton A. Tingling, Jr., of the New York State Supreme Court, sided with the law’s challengers, including the National Restaurant Association, the American Beverage Association, and the Soft Drink and Brewery Workers Union, overturning the Portion Cap Rule, aka the Soda Ban.”

“Banning large sodas is legal and smart”

“A state trial judge on Monday blocked New York City’s plan for a maximum 16 ounce size for a high-sugar beverage. The ban would have included sodas, energy drinks, fruit drinks and sweetened teas.”

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36 comments

Ben Grosz February 24, 2014 - 10:59 AM

I have a weird metabolism so I can drink and eat as much as I want and I won't get fat.

MySambo89 February 24, 2014 - 4:59 PM

I almost never drink soda. I hate the bubbles.  I make 1-2 pitchers of sweet tea a week, and my room mate and I drink it.  Any other time I just drink H2O.  Anything other than water doesn't quench my thirst, so I feel like I'm drinking it just for the taste.

Basilton February 26, 2014 - 6:14 PM

I drink a normal amount of soda, but I do drink in excess of 2 liters of milk a day… is that bad? it will probably give me cancer like everything else these days…

JumpinJac March 2, 2014 - 9:16 PM

I have one can of soda a week and other times I just drink water and tea and coffee and Juice(not drink),

Jo March 5, 2014 - 4:00 AM

I don't like soda it burps out my nose there fat because of lazy and junk food

Joel March 7, 2014 - 8:45 AM

"your not my real dad!"  that had me rolling over laughing!  Educating people (without nagging) is far more effective than prohibition.  If I get a small drink I have a tendency to linger in the restaurant a little more till I getz my fill.  With a large drink I'll refill once then hit the road.

The Fem Stranger March 27, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Anecdotally: I stopped buying sodas from fast food places completely because they're always so huge. Had they been smaller, I might still be drinking the smaller size. None is still better than smaller. Of course the reason I stopped is that I had to cut caffeine out for my pregnancy and the no-caf sodas just aren't as good. But sticking with it should be easier now that I've gotten used to it.

Disthron April 2, 2014 - 11:04 PM

I drink on average three 375ml cans of Pepsi a day.

Dennis Vivanco April 22, 2014 - 5:34 AM

I drink no soda and drink smoothies/shakes I make at home or water or coconut water. 

Addie-Eileen Paige May 4, 2014 - 6:16 AM

i HATE soda. the only times i drink it is if i have some sort of stomach bug like a little ginger ale

JamesDoesVideo May 6, 2014 - 7:04 AM

If it makes anyone feel better, I usually drink 3 2L bottles of soda in about 1 1/2 days. I also manage to drink a 12 pack of soda in 2 days… >_>

ORION The Misc of The Internet May 7, 2014 - 6:37 PM

Two years ago I was 12, 5"3', and approximately 145 pounds. I drank nothing but Coca Cola since I could remember.
One day I just decided to be a little bit healthier and stop drinking Cokes.
I told my parents to start getting Zephyrhills spring water.

After about one month I lost 40 pounds.
That month was not pleasant, said the least.
The brief cut from the sugary Cokes caused my stomach to hurt, and had even caused vomiting every week or so.

At my middle school we have to run a mile every Friday, so I would say that contributed to my weight loss. 

Now I am 14 years of age, 5"6', and 115 pounds, and even now I still drink only water and rarely drinking sodas.

HaPie Greenen May 13, 2014 - 12:44 AM

Honestly, I haven't drank straight water for years, Pepsi all day everyday…that isn't alcohol day! and i'm still thin!-p
my pic is real!-p

Kenny R May 23, 2014 - 4:30 AM

I used to drink soda daily and was actually addicted to the caffeine. Later in life I realized that this was awful for me and Quit drinking them. Now I can handle one every once in awhile and the habit is at a healthy level of moderation. 

SieSaugenEier idontwantalastnamewtf June 8, 2014 - 11:38 PM

im from pennsylvania WERE SWEET TEA DOESNT EXSIST. NOW I LIVE IN TENNESEE AnD IT SEEMS LIKE IM THE WIERDO FOR HATING IT

Kai June 10, 2014 - 11:21 PM

one trick thats helped me beat guzzling 12 cokes a day is flavored water like mio

Pedro Cosentino June 15, 2014 - 8:30 PM

If you are going to impose your views upon people through law, just force people to work out and you'll have a sexy sexy country.

Puzzling Cuber 42 June 18, 2014 - 3:33 AM

I HATE soda

The Full 180 June 22, 2014 - 11:40 PM

To be honest it wouldn't have worked because people are like babies tell them they can't have something they want it take it away and they think of another way to get the same thing/result.

Line Chaay July 17, 2014 - 8:34 PM

I HATE SODA

skevoid August 6, 2014 - 2:19 AM

1:05 "Sugary drinks are are the biggest source of calories in the average American's diet" (7%)

What a complete bullshit statistic, it requires totally arbitrary groupings of calorie sources.  If we sort them differently then it would be completely valid to make the statement that is the exact opposite.

Udumfucc September 5, 2014 - 3:26 AM

The real problem is, that in America a medium size soda, is a large one in Canada….

Badass Bitch October 2, 2014 - 3:12 AM

I drink usually 1 or 2 sugary drinks a week. I hate most soda.

Josh Howell October 4, 2014 - 7:43 AM

A bottle every other day or so. Mostly on break during work.

Imad Gibbs October 10, 2014 - 7:58 PM

Would have made perfect sense. Evidently some people (not all people) in the US can't help themselves, they don't realise that drinking that liter of 'soda' with 100 grams of sugar in it actually isnt good for you, shocker

Clemical The Creature December 7, 2014 - 12:03 AM

I rarely drink soda, I mostly drink things like water, flavored water or sometimes tea. I think maybe because my school taught the class of what soda could do. They taught us this in elementary in…sixth grade I think. ._.

Cesar Gonzalez December 12, 2014 - 2:04 PM

I drink soda maybe 3 or 4 times a year at most. I mainly drink water

Ragnar Vaiknemets June 10, 2015 - 1:40 AM

Small steps man. Small steps.

Calvin December 15, 2015 - 1:07 PM

Tax junk food, tax free for fruits and vegs.

Dutchik April 12, 2016 - 7:22 PM

I only drink water. I do it since I was little. People sometimes think I do it because I'm to shy to ask for soda, or i do it to make a good impression. Only adults think this. I just like the taste of water and I love ice cream. Sometimes i drink a little milk. But that's like once a month. I'm just a teenage girl. NOT obsessed with the health things, yet addicted to fruit. I get sad without it.

alleykat May 27, 2017 - 5:57 AM

hall naw

Jamuler February 12, 2018 - 5:41 AM

Ban cigarettes

KayGabs October 16, 2018 - 2:33 AM

I only drink a can of soda once about every 3 months there is just to much sugar it makes me feel guilty.

Ant gotchu._. April 13, 2020 - 7:46 PM

Soda is spicy

bluepotato November 26, 2020 - 3:52 PM

I never drink soda

Sbejebenebe NenenenenS January 15, 2021 - 5:18 AM

Yes but no