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The Final Straw: NYC Soda Ban Final Appeal Struck Down

Thursday, June 26, 2014  
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This morning the State Court of Appeals ruled that New York City cannot move forward with its ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces – the final ruling in the case. Thanks to this landmark ruling the Bloomberg “soda ban” is officially dead. 

"Today is a victory for restaurants and consumers," James Versocki, New York City Chapter Counsel of the New York State Restaurant Association.

The laws proponents claimed that it would help make New Yorker healthier, but really it just took away their freedom of choice and restricted businesses. Thankfully, the court agreed with the majority of New Yorkers that the government has no place telling them what to eat and drink. The hope is now that we can focus on policy and education efforts that will have a real impact helping people live healthier lives without infringing on their freedom of choice. 

The Association will continue to keep you in-the-know on this and other legislative developments. With any questions, please contact the NYC Office at 212.398.9160 or

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