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Would a New York-style large pop ban work in Canada?

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The New York City health board today banned extra-large sugary drinks at restaurants and concession stands in an effort to fight obesity in the city.

 The New York City ban applies to pop containers larger than 473 mL. (iStock)The new rule imposes a limit of 16 ounces (that's 473 milliliters) on sweetened drinks sold in restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts - anywhere that sells prepared food.

The ban applies both to fountain drinks and bottled pop, but not to diet pop.

Larger containers of pop will still be available in supermarkets and convenience stores.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg first announced his plan to ban super-sized pop in May. He became the butt of many of jokes and the target of much criticism over government intervention in everyday life.

But the rule is now in place, pending public hearings, and other jurisdictions could follow suit.

Many Canadian schools now ban pop and other high-calorie drinks in favour of healthier choices.

Should Canada follow New York's lead and ban super-sized soft drinks? Let us know what you think.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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