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New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

Last Updated Jul 18, 2018 at 12:51 pm EDT

Sugary drinks are seen at a store Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Montreal. The city is moving to ban sugary drink sales from all of its municipal buildings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

A new ordinance in Baltimore bars city restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids’ menus.

Baltimore’s health department says the measure went into effect Wednesday. Water, milk and 100 per cent fruit juices must now be the default beverage choices for kids’ meals at city eateries.

Children can still drink soda at city restaurants if an accompanying adult orders one for them.

Dr. Leana Wen is Baltimore’s health commissioner. She says the law “will help families make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

An advocacy group called Sugar Free Kids Maryland says Baltimore is now the biggest U.S. city and the first on the East Coast to pass this kind of measure.

Baltimore health officials say seven California cities and Lafayette, Colorado, have enacted similar ordinances.