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Cambridge, MA - Inspired By NYC, Another Mayor Considers Large Soda Ban

Published on: June 19, 2012 02:43 PM
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AP Photo/Richard DrewCambridge, MA - The mayor of Cambridge has proposed limiting the size of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city restaurants, saying she was inspired by a similar measure in New York City.

Mayor Henrietta Davis on Monday asked the city’s health officials to research her proposal and make a recommendation on limiting beverage sizes. The city is adjacent to Boston and is home to Harvard and MIT.

Davis cited an increased risk of obesity and diabetes as reasoning behind the resolution.

“As much free will as you can have in a society is a good idea,” Davis said Tuesday. “... But with a public health issue, you look at those things that are dangerous for people, that need government regulation.”

In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal would prohibit licensed food service establishments in the city from using containers bigger than 16 ounces to serve high-calorie drinks like colas.

Consumers could buy another round, but restaurants couldn’t serve sugary drinks in the 20-ounce cups now popular at fast food eateries.

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Davis also said regulation might not be necessary to prevent the sale of large-sized sugary beverages in Cambridge. She said city officials could pitch a voluntary compliance agreement to vendors or create an incentive program to encourage cooperation.

Davis, who also is a chair of a Cambridge community coalition that focuses on children’s health, said she’s been hearing mixed reactions to her resolution.

Don Puzy, the manager of a 7-Eleven in the city, on Tuesday called the mayor’s proposal “absolutely crazy.”

He said he sells a lot of the store’s signature Big Gulps, but said it’s mostly grownups who buy them.

“We appreciate her trying to do something about the kids, their weight, but that is not the way to go about it,” Puzy said of the mayor’s proposal. “There are a lot of programs for it ... starting from the schools ... Don’t put it on the stores.”



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 Jun 19, 2012 at 03:10 PM Aryeh Says:

if you sell poison, you are responsible.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM R Says:

LEave it to the Harvard liberal intellectuals to come up with messed up policies like these. It's all there good at.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 03:16 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

Not surprising for the peoples' republic of Cambridge. That place is second to Berkeley in wackiness.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM mythoughts Says:

Reply to #1  
Aryeh Says:

if you sell poison, you are responsible.

I drink this poison occasionally and I'm doing just fine. You shouldn’t drink this poison because it’s caused you to be childlike and incapable of making grown-up decisions. Please forward this information to your caretaker.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 05:46 PM cynic Says:

The mayor of Cambridge, Mass, and the city council actually have just about no power over there. They can hold press conferences, etc., but they're mostly just talk, talk, talk.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 06:56 PM blubber Says:

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Aryeh Says:

if you sell poison, you are responsible.

what poision?

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM Mark Levin Says:

Why are these creeps considered the smartest people in the world? To me they are just a bunch of mind numbed idiots.

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 Jun 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM anonymous Says:

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Mark Levin Says:

Why are these creeps considered the smartest people in the world? To me they are just a bunch of mind numbed idiots.

Your response reveals your IQ. They have contributed to rsearch {MIT }and Mass Gen Hospital and Diaconess are among the finest hospitals in America

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 Jun 20, 2012 at 02:53 PM marcia Says:

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anonymous Says:

Your response reveals your IQ. They have contributed to rsearch {MIT }and Mass Gen Hospital and Diaconess are among the finest hospitals in America

SO? Mass. is also known for Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, nothing "brilliant" there! What's your point? The article stated the city is home to MIT and Harvard, it didn't say the universities did studies on the effects of 16 ounce sodas vs. 16 ounce milk shakes per se!

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