Court won’t reinstate New York City’s big-soda ban
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Drink up, New Yorkers.
The state’s highest court has refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on the sale of big sodas.
The state’s Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the city’s health department overstepped its bounds when it restricted the size of sodas.
The court is siding with a lower court that overturned the 2012 ban. The city had hoped Thursday’s ruling would reinstate the restrictions, which banned the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.
Pushed by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a way to fight obesity and other health conditions, the limits would apply to restaurants, delis, movie theaters, stadiums and street carts.
Restaurants, theater owners and beverage companies sued. They argued that New York City didn’t have the authority to impose the ban.
“Today’s ruling does not change the fact that sugary drink consumption is a key driver of the obesity epidemic, and we will continue to look for ways to stem the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes by seeking to limit the pernicious effects of aggressive and predatory marketing of sugary drinks and unhealthy foods,” NYC health department commissioner Mary T. Bassett said in a statement.