**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
September 13, 2012
Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis (212) 788-7081
COUNCIL MEMBERS LETITIA JAMES COMMENTS ON NYC BOARD OF HEALTH PASSAGE OF ‘SODA BAN’
(New York, NY)— Today, New York City’s Board of Health voted 8-1 to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, amid strong criticism from elected officials and others that the ban would be both ineffective and selectively-applied. Council Member Letitia James has been a vocal criticizer of the plan, and put forth alternative proposals to the administration.
"Unfortunately— but unsurprisingly—the Mayor's proposal to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces has been approved by the Board of Health despite the fact that 60% of NYC residents don't agree with it. Instead of limiting choices, this administration should be working with our community groups and education officials to expand physical fitness activities and teach our kids the benefits of a healthy lifestyle at an early age," said Council Member Letitia James.