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Everything You Need To Know About NYC's Soda Ban Saga So Far

It was just overturned by a state supreme court judge. Get your facts straight before you inevitably get in a fight about it at a dinner party.

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Here is everything you need to know about this news story so you can effectively and inevitably argue with your friends about it.

1. In May 2012, Bloomberg proposed a 16-oz limit on the size of sugary beverages sold in food service establishments in an effort to curb obesity.

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The department of health calls it a "portion cap" the media calls it a "soda ban." No other cities have anything like this.

3. In September 2012 the proposal was approved by the NYC Board of Health.

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Fun-looking group, eh? The city's commissioner of health heads the board and is in support of the rule. All of the board's members are appointment by mayor Bloomberg.

10. Huge milkshakes WOULD BE allowed.

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Drinks that are more than half milk or milk substitute are ok, likely because dairy has other nutritional benefits. And thank GOD because it's Shamrock Shake season.

11. And Big Gulps and Slurpees would also be allowed — but for a different reason.

Bloomberg's rule couldn't affect grocery stores or convenience stores — including 7-11 — because they are regulated by the state and not the city.

13. Starbucks had planned no changes.

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Their spokesperson to the NYTimes that it wasn't clear which of their drinks would be regulated. Because even though some of them clearly contain more than the 3.125 grams of sugar per ounce that Bloomberg's rule prohibits, it's unclear how much milk is in them and if they hit that 51% mark.