In an effort to curtail unhealthy drinking habits, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on large-size sugary drinks at restaurants, street vendors and movie theaters last week.
Could a similar measure make its way to Montgomery County?
"We are not thinking about it," said Dr. Ulder Tillman, health officer for the county.
"We plan to observe the experience in New York to see how that goes, so we'll be monitoring that closely."
Tillman said limits on the size and concentration of sugary drinks are already in place in county public schools. Students are also not allowed to use vending machines during the school day.
In New York, Bloomberg wants to limit the sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces. Diet drinks, dairy drinks, fruit juices, coffee drinks and alcoholic beverages would not be affected. Sugary drinks would still be sold in grocery stores.
Bloomberg's proposal is likely to be approved and could take effect as early as March, according to the Times.
Tillman chairs the Healthy Montgomery steering committee, a community health improvement project. The committee is organizing two work groups to focus on obesity and behavioral health.
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