New York City's Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands, and other eateries.
The regulation, which was proposed in the spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved by panel of health experts after several months of review, puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.
The ban will apply in fast-food joints, movie houses and Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias, and most other places selling prepared food.
It doesn't cover beverages sold in supermarkets or most convenience stores.
One board member, Dr. Sixto R. Caro, abstained from voting. The other 8 board members voted yes.
"I am still skeptical. . This is not comprehensive enough," Caro said.
Enforcement would be conducted by an existing corps of city restaurant inspectors. A violation would lead to a $200 fine.