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NYC's mayor wants to stop the 1.7 million residents using food stamps from buying sugared drinks.

New York state’s idea to impose a tax on soda beverages was checked earlier this year by beverage companies, their lobbyists and a barrage of misleading ads. Now Michael Bloomberg plans to counter by inhibiting the purchase of soda by low income families. The New York City’s mayor has sought federal permission to stop the 1.7 million residents who receive food stamps from using them to buy soda or sugared drinks.

The New York Times reports:

The request, made to the United States Department of Agriculture, which finances and sets the rules for the food-stamp program, is part of an aggressive anti-obesity push by the mayor that has also included advertisements, stricter rules on food sold in schools and an unsuccessful attempt to have the state impose a tax on the sugared drinks.

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