Thousands of restaurants, concession stands and street carts will soon have to give up selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces â€” or face fines. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's appointees on the Board of Health voted 8-to-0 (with one absentation) to approve the much debated "soda ban" at a hearing yesterday. The beverage industry, already in a fury over the policy when it was proposed earlier this year, vowed to continue fighting it, even if it meant an expensive court battle. Bloomberg said the Board's policy would likely survive any legal challenge. â€śI just spent roughly $600 million of my own money to try to stop the scourge of tobacco, and Iâ€™m looking for another cause," Bloomberg said after the Board's vote. The rule is expected to go into effect in March.
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