State lawmaker wants to ban sale of soda to minors

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A new statewide bill could have you taking out more than just money when you buy a bottle of soda.

For Pam Rogers, the health of her kids is her number one priority. She watches what they eat and what goes into their cup, especially since one of her daughters is a big fan of soda.

But if a new bill becomes law, you may need identification to buy the drink.

New York State Assemblyman Matthew Titone wants all sugary drinks off limits for children 18-years old and younger. He’s specifically looking at drinks 16 ounces or larger.

As a result, kids and teenagers across the state couldn’t buy most soft drinks from a fast food chain or buy a regular 20 oz. bottle of soda unless they had their parents’ permission.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says an average person should consume no more than 40 grams of sugar a day. Dr. James Saperstone said parents should scale that number down for a child to about 20 grams to 25 grams.

But some parents, like Rogers, say they can make that decision on their own.

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