Drink up — New York City’s soda ban is dead

The ban affected drinks over 16 oz. sold in restaurants, delis, movie theaters and stadiums. Photo by Flickr user Todd Lapin.

The ban affected drinks over 16 oz. sold in restaurants, delis, movie theaters and stadiums. Photo by Flickr user Todd Lapin.

Guzzlers of super-sized sodas, rejoice. Your drinks are safe.

New York’s highest court ruled Thursday not to reinstate a ban on big sodas. The state’s Court of Appeals said the city’s health department overstepped its bounds by restricting the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces.

The ban originated in May 2012 when then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg was looking for ways to combat obesity and other health conditions. It would have applied to restaurants, delis, movie theaters, stadiums and street carts. That brought swift lawsuits from restaurants, theater owners and beverage companies, who argued the city didn’t have the authority to implement the ban.

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