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UPDATE: NYC health board likes big drink ban proposal

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- New York City's Board of Heath is signaling support for the mayor's proposal to fight obesity by banning the sale of large sugary beverages at restaurants.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants thousands of eateries to serve high-calorie drinks in containers 16 ounces or smaller.

People would be free to buy a second round, but restaurants couldn't serve the 20-ounce cups popular at fast food eateries.

The health board voted unanimously Tuesday to begin a 90-day public comment period on the new rule. A formal vote on approval will come later, but several board members spoke strongly in favor of the plan. 

A spokesman for the city's restaurant association says the rule would infringe on people's right to buy a legal product.

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- The proposal by New York City's mayor to ban large sugary drinks from eateries in the city is moving forward.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal is scheduled to be formally submitted to the city's board of health Tuesday morning. The board is expected to hold a series of public hearings during a 90-day comment period.

The ban on drinks over 16 ounces would apply only to sweetened options that contain more than 25 calories per eight ounces. It would not apply to diet soda or any other calorie-free drink.

It's the first time a city has proposed such a ban, which Mayor Bloomberg says is necessary to combat the rise in obesity deaths.

A new poll says New Yorkers are divided on the ban, with about half saying the mayor has gone too far.

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