New York Court of Appeals Fails to Reinstate Soda-Size Cap

Statement of CSPI Health Promotion Policy Director Jim O’Hara


Curbing the size of sodas to 16 ounces is a sensible public health measure that New York City’s health department was courageous to propose. Soda and other sugar drinks promote diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other health problems, and reducing consumption of these nutritionally worthless products must be a top priority for New York City and health departments around the country. It’s disappointing that the Court of Appeals saw things differently. But we hope boards of health, city councils, state legislatures, and even Congress will consider taxes, warning labels, and other policies aimed at reducing soda-related diseases. 

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