Letter: Drink ban will raise awareness

Soda bottles like these, when sold at convenience

Soda bottles like these, when sold at convenience stores or supermarkets, would not be subject to new city limits on the size of sugary drinks because New York City does not regulate them. (Credit: Getty Images)

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The highly contentious New York City sugary drink ban ["Gulp! NYC bans sale of large, sugary drink," News, Sept. 14] serves a greater purpose. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the city's health board are raising awareness, informing individuals, fostering dialogue and possibly compelling self-examination among consumers. The topic is fodder for water-cooler conversations as individuals argue, challenge or defend the city's ban.

In itself, the ban is not a solution to obesity. It will be effective only when combined with a variety of other environmental and educational strategies that target multiple domains, including school, community and family settings.

Karyn C. Kirschbaum

Susan Kessler

Wheatley Heights

Editor's note: The writers are health policy coordinators for Suffolk and Nassau County schools.

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