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Mass. House votes to ban soda, candy in schools

January 28, 2010

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BOSTON—Students across Massachusetts may soon have to satisfy their soda and candy cravings outside school.

The Massachusetts House on Thursday approved a bill that would allow the state to ban high-calorie sodas and salty and sugary snacks from elementary and high schools.

Backers of the bill said taking snacks and sodas out of schools is key in the fight against childhood obesity.

The bill would also encourage schools to serve low fat dairy products and whole grain breads and pastas.

The bill now heads to the Massachusetts Senate.

Gov. Deval Patrick wants to go one step more. He is proposing lifting the state sales tax exemption on candy and soda and funneling the extra revenue into health programs.