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    NEW YORK: New York on Thursday, 13 Sept, became the first city in the United States to enforce a limited ban on super-sized soda drinks blamed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for fueling a national obesity crisis.    The Board of Health's formal approval of the ban---proposed by Bloomberg and praised by health campaigners, but hotly opposed by soft drinks manufacturers—was not considered a surprise.                  The city health commissioner, Thomas Farley, called the vote "historic".                

        However, Liz Berman, president of Continental Food and Beverage and head of the New Yorkers for Beverage Choices lobby group, described the "discriminatory ban" as a "fix". "It's sad that the board wants to limit our choices. We are smart enough to make our own decisions about what to eat and drink." she said in a statement.       

        However, there is nothing to stop people from buying as much soda as they like by refilling smaller containers. Also, the ban does not extend to drinks sold in supermarkets or any dairy or fruit drinks, many of which also contain huge quantities of sugar.                  

        Diet and alcoholic drinks are also exempted. The measure, which could face legal challenges from the soft drinks industry, takes effect in six months.                   

    According to official statistics, some 6,000 people in New York die each year from obesity-linked problems. One in eight adult New Yorkers has diabetes, which can be worsened by sugar consumption.               

        Boosting the mayor, the newly-built basketball stadium for the Brooklyn Nets announced it will immediately adopt the rules, well ahead of the March 12 deadline.                  

        The measure generated a stormy debate, including 38,000 comments written to the Board of Health. Polls showed a majority of people opposed the ban.                  

     24. Why does New York enforce the limited ban on super-sized soda drinks?                 

    A. Because it is believed that soda drinks are of harm to health.  

    B. Because it is believed that soda drinks cause the nation overweight.

        C. Because too many people don't like drinking soda drinks.

        D. Because super-sized soda drinks block the sugar consumption.

     25. What can we infer from the passage about Liz Berman?

        A. She takes the limited ban on super-sized soda drinks as an unfair one.

                       

        B. She is in charge of the production of soda drinks all over the country.

        C. She is very angry that the city government limits what to eat and drink.

        D. She is smart enough to know what she eats or drinks.

     26. The underlined word "exempted" means ________ in the 7th paragraph.                                    A. unfair           B. upset           C. relieved             D.limited

     27. When will the limited ban be carried out according to the passage?                

        A. This September.                 B. This November.  

    C. The coming January.             D. The coming March.

    答案

     BACD


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