Howard County Bans Surgary Drinks
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:12 PM EDT
Howard County is banning the sale of sugary drinks on county property.
County Executive Ken Ulman announced the ban on Tuesday at a middle school in Ellicott City.
officials say the ban is aimed at lowering childhood obesity rates and
raising awareness about the health hazards of sugary drinks.
media reports that Ulman's order says all beverages procured, served or
sold by county departments must meet standards that limit the number of
calories per serving. The ban does not apply to county schools, but soda
sales were already banned in elementary schools in 2006. And high
school vending machines can't contain more than 50 percent soda.