Are soda bans effective?
November 9th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Are soda bans effective?

Editor's Note:  CNN Student News also covered this story on November 9, 2011.  You can watch this show online.

Banning only soda in school is not effective in reducing consumption of sugary drinks, a new study has found.  In the absence of soda, students turn to other sugar-sweetened beverages such as energy, sports or juices that are available at school.

When schools banned all sugar-sweetened beverages such as energy, sports drinks and sugary fruit juices, students bought fewer of these items.

Yet, about 85% of students, regardless of what kind of policy their schools had, drank sugary beverages weekly, according to the study published this week in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. And 26 to 33% of students reported daily consumption.

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