Big Apple holds off on fines, but proceeds with ban on big-gulp drinks

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New York City will give restaurants and food outlets a three-month grace period before imposing fines for serving the large, sugary drinks that will be banned.

The ban, the first of its kind in the nation, was imposed after excessive soda drinking was fingered as a significant cause of obesity and other health problems.

Under the new rules, most restaurants and food outlets will not be allowed to serve non-alcoholic, sugar-sweetened drinks in cups larger than 16 oz., the equivalent of a “small” drink at McDonald’s restaurants.

Although the ban takes effect in March, violators will be notified but not fined for the first three months. From June onward, violators will be subject to a $200 fine.

The American Beverage Association is fighting the ban in court, arguing it robs consumers of their right to choose.

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