STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. ? A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that only 23% of Staten Islanders would support Mayor Michael Bloomberg?s proposed soda ban, reports SILive.com.
Bloomberg?s proposal would ban the sale of sodas and other sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces in movie theaters, restaurants and other establishments regulated by the city Health Department, writes the news source, adding that 11-member Board of Health will vote on the plan in September. And since the board is composed entirely of Bloomberg appointees, the plan is expected to pass.
Representatives from Coca-Cola met with SILive.com?s Advance Editorial Board this month to explain the company?s opposition to Bloomberg?s proposed soda ban.
"The disparity of the ban is that, really, it will affect small businesses here on Staten Island and in the community," Maria Pignataro, director of public affairs and communications for Coca-Cola Northeast, told the news source. "It's really pitting small businesses against each other."
She cited pizzerias and delis as examples of this disparity, noting that pizzerias would have to conform to the proposed soda ban because the Board of Health regulates them, but that delis are not and would be exempt.
Bloomberg, obviously, disagrees with critics: "Obesity is going to start killing more people in this country than smoking," the mayor said in June. "Obesity is the only major public health issue we have that is getting worse, and New York City has the courage to stand up and do something about it.?
Quinnipiac University?s poll also found that 51% of New York Island residents consider the mayor's plan an example of "nanny government."