Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
A state judge's ruling that blocked Mayor Bloomberg's plan banning the sale of large sugary beverages is a setback amid a string of influential victories for the mayor's health initiatives, including banning trans fats in restaurants and smoking in public places.
"The smoking ban...combined with very exorbitant tobacco taxes really have had a dramatic effect," said WNYC's Fred Mogul. "Smoking is down nationwide, but it's down much lower in New York City."
Mogul said other initiatives, like posting calories, have had a smaller impact. As for the ruling against the soda ban, it isn't the mayor's first defeat, but it's still a pretty big one.
To listen to host Amy Eddings' full interview with Fred Mogul on the mayor's track record, click the audio above.