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The Associated Press reports that while New York City is proceeding with plans to ban the sale of jumbo sugared sodas in certain retail outlets as of March 12, the Board of Health has informed businesses that it won't be imposing fines on violators for three months after the crackdown is implemented.

Health officials there voted last year to approve a proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ban the sale of sugared drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces by restaurants, a move that the city said would help address rising obesity rates. However, opponents have said that the restrictions are typical of a nanny state that does not see the value of personal responsibility.

A lawsuit challenging the new rules has been filed, but has not yet been heard in court.
KC's View:
Not being a lawyer, I have no idea how this will play out in the courts. But I continue to believe that while mandated posting of calorie counts is a positive step toward informing customers, this law goes too far. It ignores individual responsibility.