NYC 'Soda Ban' Decision Expected Thursday

Mayor's attempt to combat obesity comes up against industry, individual rights, opponents say

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"But, I also think people should be able be able to make their own decisions about what they eat," he added. "And I also think from a business perspective this isn't great."

So on which side does the Upper West Side resident finally come down? "Well, I think it's maybe kind of a stretch," Gloor said.

If approved, the regulations could take effect by next March. They will not affect sales of beverages containing fruit juices or alcohol.

Nor will they limit customers from purchasing as many individual 16-ounce drinks as they wish.

"If you want to kill yourself, I guess you have the right to do it," Bloomberg told a small crowd of ban protestors outside of City Hall this summer, the Associated Press reported. "We're trying to do something about it."

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