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March 12th, 2013
08:17 AM ET

NYC Health Commissioner: Large sugary drink cap is crucial for health, and city lawyers predict a win on appeal

New York City Michael Bloomberg is vowing to fight a repeal of the city's ban of large sugary drinks. It was supposed to go into effect today, but a state judge said it was "arbitrary and capricious."

Bloomberg appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman" to respond to the ruling and reiterate that he will continue to keep fighting.

"We strongly believe in the end the courts will recognize the board of health's authority to regulate the sale of beverages that have no virtually no nutritional value and which consumed in large quantities are leading to disease and death for thousands of people every year," he says.

This morning on "Starting Point," NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley responds to the judge's ruling to halt a ban on large sugary drinks.

"Basically, the judge said that the Board of Health doesn't have the authority to put in place this regulation," Farley says. "Our lawyers think he's wrong on the law. More importantly, he's wrong on health."

"The Board of Health regulates what it can," Farley adds. "This is really crucial for health. We have a major problem with obesity in the city."


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  1. Harvey

    If that's the logic, then we'd better reinstate Prohibition, since alcohol is not exactly a health food.

    March 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Rundvelt

    The government does not have a right to dictate to anyone how they should live their lives. If I want a large cup of pop, I should damn well be able to get one. I should also be responsible for the choices I make.

    Problems are never affected by laws. How's that war on drugs working out for the government Bloomberg?

    March 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. FireTwoSeven

    The greatest irony, although Johnny here sounds racist, is that he's also correct. The people in the worst shape are the people who are poorest. Instead of focusing on what EVERYBODY does and has access to, instead focus on the real trouble spots, focus on food deserts and education. The reason people eat like crap is because it's cheaper. Sustainable urban farming and cultivation as well as grants for fruit markets in poor neighborhoods and co-op gardens, those are all WAY better things to spend money on than making sure everybody in NYC has to buy two cups, Bloomie boy.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Johnny East

    Since one of the great problems of America's poor is obesity and if Mayor Bloomberg is really sincere in fixing this problem, I suggest he mandate that food stamps can only be used to buy healthy foods. Fruits, veggies, lean meats, grains etc. No fatty chips or sugary drinks, no donuts, candy etc. This would be easy to enforce. Scan the food stamp first and then the store computer would reject any unhealthy foods in the cart. No fast foods. No TV dinners. No pizzas. Just stuff you have to cook in the traditional way and serve sitting down together as a family. Oh course Bloomberg would fall on that grenade faster than John Kerry if faced with a ban on his sugary ketchup.

    Yep, the great underclass kept fat dumb and happy on the democratic plantation would not like the rulling masters getting into the business of attaching strings to their entitlements. Bloomberg would be voted out faster than you could say "no more french fries for the poor". Besides, a great deal of food stamps get traded for drugs ($50 worth of drugs traded for a $100 food stamp....then drug dealer redeems the $100 food stamp for $75 worth of grocerys...then the grocer redeems the $100 food stamp for $100 cash. Legal tender.

    But maybe Bloomberg is getting kickbacks from the cup lobby. People are still going to get their 24 ozs of drinks. They will just buy two 12 oz cups. Doubles the profits of the cup manufactures. Hmmmm.

    Johnny East
    Rabbit Hash, KY

    March 13, 2013 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply

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