Bloomberg Ban Means No 2-Liter Soda on Pizza Night

That ban on big sodas being pushed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is about to spoil family pizza night.

The ban on sodas over 16 ounces takes effect on March 12, and the New York Post reports it has some previously uncontemplated effects. For instance, ordering a 2-liter bottle of Coke, Pepsi, Sprite or whatever the family desires with a pizza delivery won't be allowed. Even pitchers of soda at children's birthday parties are going to be a no-no under Bloomberg's far-reaching ban, according to the paper.

Bloomberg, who instituted a widely emulated smoking ban early in his tenure at City Hall, has followed that up by taking aim at trans fats, salt and baby formula. But the soda ban, announced last year, moves him farther into nanny state territory than any previous measure, say critics. The rules are tricky, and violations can bring $200 fines. Diet sodas and alcoholic beverages are not covered by the ban, fruit smoothies are okay as long as they don't have added sugar and coffee drinks and milkshakes pass muster if they contain at least 50 percent milk. Drinks with added sugar must not contain more than 3.125 calories per ounce.

"It's ludicrous," Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance, told the Post. "It's a sealed bottle

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