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2 Reasons Why NYC Ban on Big Sodas Could Get Dumped

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban restaurants, movie theaters, and sports arenas from serving sugary drinks that are larger than 16 oz.

The goal is to reduce obesity related health problems in a city that spends billions of dollars dealing with these issues, but the ban  is meeting resistance from both businesses and from the public.

There are a few reasons why it could get dumped.

1. The legality of the first-in-the-nation ban is debatable and may be tested.

Steve Cahillane, a senior executive with Coca-Cola says the ban will effect his business.

 "We're going to look at all of our options to protect our business, our rights to do business and our rights not to be discriminated against. We won't take anything off the table." 

It's not just businesses that can sue, either. Anyone who the ban effects can bring a legal challenge. 

2. Public outcry. Some believe the ban would open the door to other similar bans creating a "nanny" state.

Big tubs of popcorn? Double cheeseburgers? Large slices of Pizza? Ron Bookman, an attorney who has represented the New York Restaurant Association is concerned what could come next.

"The sugary-drink rule would set a dangerous precedent: If the ban is within the city's rights, then there's nothing to prevent, for example, a prohibition on the 16-ounce New York strip steak."  

The city Board of Health, appointed by the mayor, is expected to approve the measure after a three-month comment period. It could take effect as early as March.