Mayor Bloomberg's Sugary Soda Ban Shot Down by Judge

New York says it will defend health initiative to limit sales of sugary drinks.
1:34 | 03/11/13

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home tonight, the ban on the sale of those giant shugy sodas, the subject of so much late night comedy, that ban has been put on hold. It was publi health effort by the mayor of new york to help with obesity. It was supposed to start tomorrow, but today a judge says, not so fast. Reporter: Today, on the eve of the nation's first ban on large sugary drinks, new yorkers were bracing for change. One of the last ones. Enjoy it, because it's the last day. Reporter: And businesses were ready. Dunkin donuts wouldn't given you the syrup separately and you wod have had to pour it in on yourself. But, late this afternoon, a stunning reversal, a state judge striking down that ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, one of the more controversial policies in the battles against obesity. I'm gonna take a little swig out of a comically oversized movie theater beverage, it's so hot. Reporter: Mayor bloomberg made the ban a heath crusade. In one 16 ounce glass of soda, you'll find the equivalent of 27 cubes of sugar. In a 51 ounce glass, you'll find 86 cubes of sugar. But the judge found the law would be unfair because it would apply to restaurants but not convenience stores, and would exclude other beverageshat have significantly higher concentrations of sugar, like many lattes. I have to defend my children and everybody else and do what's right to save lives. Obesity kills. Still ahead here on "world news," we'll tell you how

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