Get the facts about ban on beverages over 16 ounces.

What beverages would be banned?

The mayor is proposing a ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages over 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues, coffee shops, pizza shops, delis, food trucks or carts. This restriction would apply to both fountain and bottled beverages and include beverages like soda, sweetened coffee drinks and teas, juice drinks and sports drinks.

What beverages are exempt from the restriction?

Diet sodas or any other calorie-free drink would be exempt from the restriction along with any drink that is at least half milk or half milk substitute.

Does the restriction apply to free refills at restaurants?

No, it doesn’t. Consumers could refill a beverage at a restaurant as many times as they want.

Does the restriction apply to beverages sold at grocery stores?

This proposal would apply to all restaurants/food locations which require a health inspection report. People can still purchase sodas, juice drinks, sports drinks and sugar-sweetened teas in sizes larger than 16 ounces at the grocery store.

Are sugar-sweetened beverages the cause of obesity?

No, calories from all foods count. From 1999 to 2010, full-calorie soda sales declined 12.5% while obesity rates went up. According to the CDC, added sugars consumed from sugar sweetened beverages are down 39% thanks in part to more low- and zero-calorie choices. Restrictions that target a specific size of beverage will do nothing to change behaviors or teach people about a healthy lifestyle. Only education, diet and exercise can do that.

Will the beverage restriction have an impact on obesity rates in New York City?

No. While New Yorkers would be limited to 16-ounce beverages, they would still be able to indulge in other high calorie foods.. According to government data, sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas, juice drinks, sports drinks and teas account for only 7% of calories in the average American diet. With 93% of calories coming from other foods and beverages, it’s time to look at the bigger picture—diet and exercise.

Will I be able to vote on this proposal?

No. The mayor is only required to get approval from the NYC Department of Health to make this restriction a reality. However, public hearings will be held. Join New Yorkers for Beverage Choices to stay up to date on all of the latest developments along with information on how you can make your voice heard.

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