Presented on July 24, 2012 before the New York City Board of Health:
Good afternoon and thank you to the members of the Board of Health for the opportunity to speak today about Article 81 – Food Preparation and Food Service Establishments – also known as the proposal to limit some sugar-sweetened beverage purchases to sixteen ounces.
My name is Sheelah Feinberg, and I am the Executive Director of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City. We are an organization based in each borough that has worked with more than one hundred health and youth focused community groups to raise awareness around tobacco control and prevention. It has been said that sugar is “the new tobacco.” I’m here today to address that comparison directly.