New Yorkers against super-size soft drinks ban
NEW YORK (AFP) - An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg's unprecedented proposal for banning super-sized sweet drinks and his support for breastfeeding, a poll found on Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University poll found that 54 per cent of New Yorkers oppose Mr Bloomberg's planned prohibition restricting soft drink servings to no more than 16 ounces (almost half a litre). Some 42 per cent of respondents backed the measure that could go into effect next year.
The 16-ounce (473ml) size is more than a normal can, but only half the size of the biggest, bucket-like container that patrons commonly guzzle from in cinemas, sports arenas and other outlets.
There was even more opposition to Mr Bloomberg's plan to encourage new mothers to nurse their babies by urging hospitals to stop handing them free baby formula.