CNN | March 13, 2013
Editor’s Note: Lawrence O. Gostin is professor and director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. He is also director of the World Health Organization’s Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights.
A state trial judge on Monday blocked New York City’s plan for a maximum 16 ounce size for a high-sugar beverage. The ban would have included sodas, energy drinks, fruit drinks and sweetened teas. But it would have excluded alcoholic beverages and drinks that are more than 50% milk, such as lattes. The ban would have applied to restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and mobile food carts. But it would not have applied to supermarkets and convenience stores, such as 7-Eleven.