New York City's health board today (13 September) gave the green light to a ban on large-sized sugary drinks in a move widely predicted by the industry.

The sales ban on beverages bigger than 16oz in city restaurants, cinemas, sports venues and street carts could take effect as early as next March. The ban has sparked protests from organisations, including the New Yorkers for Beverage Choices, who told just-drinks last month it would continue to fight the legislation even if the health board passed it.

Approval from the New York's Board of Health was considered likely because its members are all appointed by mayor Michael Bloomberg, who initiated the ban. Bloomberg first proposed the ban in May

Last month, a poll in the New York Times showed a majority of New Yorkers opposed the ban.