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Apr 7, 2011 10:02 AM

What, no sodas? -- Boston to ban sugary drinks on city property

"Saying that sugary drinks have caused rising obesity among city residents and driven up health care costs, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today moved to ban the sale, advertising, and promotion of the drinks on all city property."


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  1. Too bad they couldn't just agree to have a range of drinks available: juice, water, AND sodas, rather than soda-only machines. If this is really meant for schools, then omit diet and regular sodas from schools and just offer water, juice, spritzers, milk, soymilk etc....
    It can be argued that diet sodas (with artificial sweeteners) are just as bad (or worse) for many people.

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    1. re: poptart

      Spritzers? In schools? I should think you would need a beer and wine license to sell them.

    2. This isn't a ban. The city just isn't selling the drinks. Not the same thing at all.

      Quote from article: "The order applies to cafeterias, vending machines, concession stands, and beverages served at meetings, the mayor's office said."

      Not exactly scandalous if you ask me.

      1. Your subject line does not match the quote!

        1. As an economics undergraduate, I wish they had severely increased the prices instead.