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NYC Mayor Bloomberg calls for state to copy soda ban

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New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg doubled down on his citywide big-soda ban Monday by calling on the state to do the same.

The new law takes effect March 12 and affects all establishments regulated by the health department, but it will not affect venues overseen by the state agriculture department, such as supermarkets and grocery stores.

The rule would not only ban the selling of soda in containers larger than 16 ounces, but it would also cause pizza restaurants to nix selling 2-liters with deliveries.

At a press conference Monday, Mr. Bloomberg was asked why pizza shops shouldn't be in the same category as supermarkets, where customers can buy as many 2-liter drinks as they want.

"You have exactly the right question, but you're asking it the wrong way," the mayor responded. "Keep in mind we're trying to save the lives of these kids — particularly kids. ... The state should do exactly the same thing in stores."

Family-friendly venues such as bowling alleys will also have to ditch soda pitchers for parties, and Manhattan nightclubs will no longer be able to serve large mixers with their expensive bottle services.

"If you're going to drink more than 16 ounces of alcohol with something in it, you're not going to get out of the bar," Mr. Bloomberg said. "Or maybe you're going to go out on a stretcher."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office told the New York Post that it was preparing a response.

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