New York City's Board of Health approved a ban on the sale of sugary drinks Thursday, in an effort to fight the growing obesity rate in residents.
The ban, which bars the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces, will apply to locations like restaurants, movie theaters, and sports stadiums, said the Huffington Post. But venues like grocery stores will not be included.
"It's time to face the facts," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, "Obesity is one of America's most deadly problems, and sugary beverages are a leading cause of it." Roughly 58 percent of New York City adults are overweight or obese, with one in eight having diabetes, reports CNN News.
Several protests have come from the soda industry and other soda vendors with concerns that the ban will affect business.
The soda ban will take effect in six months, with restaurants given a nine month adjustment period before facing fines of $200.