BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Tom Menino issued an executive order to ban the sale of sugary drinks on Boston city property on Thursday.

“I want to make this a healthier choice, the easier choice in people’s daily lives, whether it’s the schools, the work sites or other places in the community,” Menino said.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

The mayor’s office, along with the Boston Public Health Commission, said Menino is issuing this order because of the link between sugary drinks and rising obesity rates and health care costs.

Read: Menino’s Executive Order (.pdf)

“There are high costs associated with these high rates of unhealthy weight, both at the personal level in terms of poor health outcomes, and at the societal level in terms of decreases in worker productivity and the rising health care costs,” said Barbara Ferrer of the Boston Public Health Commission.

The order “sets science-based standards for what’s considered a healthy beverage and what can be sold or served on City property,” according to a city press release.

The policy applies to cafeterias, vending machines, concession stands, and beverages served at meetings, City-run programs, and events where food is purchased with City dollars.

Back in 2004, Menino banned soda and junk food from being sold in public school vending machines, and now he’s taking his battle city-wide.

“Now is the time to expand our efforts that began in our public schools and set an example for the city as a whole,” Mayor Menino said, referring to the 2004 ban.

The mayor hopes the city takes steps over the next six months to phase out the sale of the sugary beverages, which are labeled in three categories:


After a six-month grace period, city buildings will be required to phase out the sale of these so-called “red” beverages, like:

  • Non-diet sodas
  • Pre-sweetened ice teas
  • Refrigerated coffee drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Juice drinks with added sugar
  • Sports drinks

The promotion of these “red” beverages on City property will also be banned.


The order allows for the sale of “yellow” beverages, but advises consumers to drink them occasionally:

  • Diet sodas
  • Diet iced teas
  • 100 percent juices
  • Low-calorie sports drinks
  • Low-sugar sweetened beverages
  • Sweetened soymilk
  • Flavored, sweetened milk


These “green” beverages can continue to be sold:

  • Bottled water
  • Flavored and unflavored seltzer water
  • Low-fat milk
  • Unsweetened soymilk

The Boston Public Health Commission has developed a guide for City workers and visitors to help them make a healthier choice, along with the slogan: “Stop. Rethink Your Drink. Go on Green.”

Comments (173)
  1. jzsmith1965 says:

    wow street venders won’t be able to sell soda from thier stands i can see it now someone on a 90 degree day standing in an alley saying to people walking by psss wanna buy a soda

    1. yakofujimato says:

      It has nothing to do with street vendors. Did you read the article? It said “city property” meaning city hall, police stationns, ect! It won’t effect people with pushcarts selling soda!

      1. lou says:

        Really? Aren’t those push carts located on city sidewalks? Isn’t that city property?

      2. me says:

        it absolutely affects street venders on city property, ie city hall plaza and the boston common

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  2. mike says:

    is it just me, or is this just going a bit too far…leave people alone

    1. Roy Gould says:

      We obese people are obviously too fat because we have no impulse control.
      Thank you daddy Mumbles for helping us to help ourselves.

      1. what says:

        roy you’re a total idiot and it shows

      2. travis says:

        you obese people dont have any self control. you wanna eat mcdonalds 5 nights a week, fatten up your children and then sue because it made you fat.

  3. toni says:

    Good way to put the street venders out of business. By the way it’s not like there aren’t any convenience stores near any public property where you can buy a soda. So now what, are they going to tell the convenience stores to stop selling soda too? Menino needs to get his head examined right after he joins weight watchers.

  4. timma says:

    good. now for my 9th cup of coffee with extra sugar!!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  5. Paul says:

    well i can see it now wait till the fourth of July your going to have to walk across a bridge to get a drink

    1. Doug says:

      Just bring alcohol. Anyway the mayor does not have the power to do this on his own. We are not ruled by kings. The courts will strike this down if challenged.

      1. Capt America says:

        You are ruled by kings when you are governed by socialist liberals…. Hey Boston, you are stuck on stupid and I’m loving it.

      2. Beau Deters says:

        No, courts will not overrule an executive order on these grounds because the ground, although disgusting, clearly demonstrate a clear and convincing public benefit, i.e. reduce access to fattening foods to reduce the incidences of obesity which is the leading risk factor for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, et. al.

        Agree or disagree we live in a military dictatorship-corportatocracy in which the CEO-the mayor, the governor, the president gives the orders, and the employees-the government workers & State/US citizens obey, PERIOD!

      3. John says:

        I highly doubt that this would be struck down. Menino is the Mayor and there are many things that he can do without legislative or judicial approval. This is one of them.

      4. capstateblue says:

        Doug, You have drunk the KoolAid! You look to the courts to fix everything. It’s not their job, like it isn’t the mayor’s job to set up a weight program. Unless and until the people offer these tin gods opportunities to work in the shrinking private sector, we can expect more of the same.

  6. Joex51 says:

    this is what Bostonians get for electing a elitist, that thinks you are TOO Stupid to make sound decisions for your self!!!

  7. Meninostinks says:

    Mayor Menino has a city with high unemployment with many Boston residents losing their homes to foreclosure and he’s worried about the sale of soda on city property? Gimme a break! Get Menino out of there. He’s been in office for too long and this is the best he can do?

  8. Streaming RadioGuide says:

    This will include orange juice right? Look at the calories on the nutriition label. and milk?

  9. andyinsdca says:

    Sugary drinks? Does that mean he’ll ban the sales of fruit juices, too? There’s lots of sugar in orange juice.

    1. Chili says:

      But there’s NO sugar in these “sugary” drinks. Aspertame in diet soda and High Fructose Corn Syrup in regular soda. Both are known poisons and carcinogens.
      “Oh, but they taste yummy and if I want to drink poison, that’s my right.”

      1. Junior says:

        high fructose corn syrup a known poison and carcinogen, eh? Oh, that’s right, they make it from that dealy plant – CORN!!!!

      2. Mama says:
        Junior–watch this then laugh then say corn syrup is good for you!

  10. Denise Ross Cranford says:

    I see prohibition all over again! Oh, BTW, does this include the sell of beer?

    1. laura says:

      on city property they dont sell beer sweetie. this is on city property only, everyone needs to relax – and if you are on city property, walk your fat ass over to any of the 50,000 convenience stores/dunkin donuts and get your insulin high there.

      1. tombstone15 says:

        This whole issue is stupid! Anyone who does not find something wrong with being told what they can’t drink if it is not illegal need to get there heads checked. What’s next? If the mayor is that concerned with health care cost. He should mandate a limit per person on coverage.

  11. Richard says:

    George Orwell predicted it. A Totalitarian State!

  12. AnneP says:

    Ah, more choice from the choice party. And you all complain about the Republicans. This is what the democrats are all about – bossing people around because they know better than you do. Like it? ‘Cause there’s more on the way.

    1. becca says:

      They only believe in choice when it comes to killing babies and gay marriage. They don’t like choice at all if you talking about where to send your kid to school or what you drive or eat.

      1. wayne says:

        becca i’m not gay but i have a question for you , are you ? if not then why do you care if a gay couple gets married , and by the way we don’t vote on civil rights , um the comstitution says lif liberty and the persuite of happiness, dosent say unless your’re gay!!!!!!!!!

  13. Jeff says:

    You’re going to have to ban Orangjuice…’s loaded!!!!

  14. disgruntled says:

    I already have a daddy and don’t need another one.

    Mind you’re own F’n business, Mr. Mayor!

  15. AeroJack7 says:

    Wow…you liberals eat this kind of stuff up. You love for someone to take care of you. You can’t think for yourselves or can be trusted to make decisions regarding your own health. You need government to replace mommy and daddy. In the mean time, pot holes go unfilled, bridges deteriorate, basic government services falter. But they have time to make laws to stop you from buying a soda.

  16. karen o says:

    Mad as hell yet and not gonna take it? Or are you just going to roll over and have more freedoms taken away by the government? What kind of people elect dangerous people like this? Scary stuff.

  17. Sam says:

    What ever happened to personal responsibility?

    1. karen o says:

      Sam, I am sorry to say this but asking that kind of a question almost assumes in the question itself that if people won’t be be personally responsible then the government will and ought to force them to be. Again, that is frightening sheep talk. Please look at what is happening to YOUR personal freedoms and rights as a citizen.

      1. Sam says:

        I think you misunderstood my point. I ask the question because it seems like our elected officials are the ones who don’t believe in citizens taking personal responsibility for their lives anymore – which is what is frightening. The idea of personal responsibility seems to be disappearing in this country, and can’t be allowed to. More and more often people are turning to government to solve all of their problems, and more and more of our elected officials believe that they know what’s best for us. You don’t need to tell me to look at what’s happening to my personal freedoms; it worries me just as much as it worries you.

      2. i'mlovin'it says:

        it’s the entitlement society, they’re entitled to everything but cannot be held responsible. You know, certain inalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the right to have anything I want without having to lift a finger for it, and if you don’t give it to me you’re an insensitive bigot…..or something like that.

    2. i'mlovin'it says:

      this is what happens when you get people to vote for folks that promise handouts. they get entrenched, and the people who elected them want to know how the elected official is going to help them. I deserve to drive a new car, the rich people up the street do. I deserve to eat at McDonalds every day, but it’s not my fault I’m fat, those evil people at McDonalds make their food too appetizing…I think they put crack in it or something. Hey elected guy, why don’t you protect me from myself; I mean, I was dumb enough to elect you in the first place so I OBVIOUSLY NEED HELP!!!!

    3. mike228 says:

      that’s been banned, too.

  18. Peter says:

    What an idiotic proposal. Doesn’t that idiot know that juices contain sugar as well? Is he going to ban sugar packets for coffee and tea? Is he going to ban fruits that contain natural sugar? The idiocy of liberals is just astounding. But not as much as the voters who put people like him into office.

  19. John poland says:

    This is Or should be illegal! Government should not be the arbitor on Who can and can’t succeed in business by saying who can sell Anything. Sugary drinks are a Minor Health concern compared to Smoking..Will government stop sales of smoking products…NO because the get 20 times the revinue from them than Big tobacco does in taxes. Minor despots like Bloomberg and this Blowhard should be removed from office and subjected to public floggings for their attempts to deny rights, ruin companies profit margins and trying to replace parenting choices with Govenment regulations. Limited Government is an evil Overreaching Invasive government Is Pure evil and should be torn down !!!

    1. Sasha says:

      A lot of people actually saw this coming when everyone went nuts about banning smoking. What amazes me is that there are peopel, most of them actually, that are surprised by a move as this mayor is making. It was simply a matter of time. Did you honestly think “they” would stop at smoking? Really? They opened the door back then with the “new religion”, science, and now they are using that to get all other stuff controlled. Just wait and see. This is only the beginning.

  20. Go $ox says:

    Get this hack outta City Hall

  21. Slim says:

    Thanks fat people for ruining it for the rest of us!!

    1. John Galt says:

      Fat people? Have seen that tub of lard Menino. He certainly could follow his own advise but with liberals, it is do as I say not as I do.

      1. outta there says:

        Yep, especially the elites – like Gore, Pelosi, Obama, Soros, the Baldwin gang, etc, etc, etc, etc……………………………..

    2. spaz says:

      another idiot , boston seems to be full of em

  22. Luis says:

    Although I would prefer no forced restrictions they should go after real health threats like artificial sweeteners and chemicals.

    1. karen o says:

      Funny Luis. Then you won’t be able to by real Coca Cola OR artificially sweetened Coke. And yes, the poster who pointed out the high sugar content of orange juice is right. Once you are on the slippery slope, its over!

    2. Joe Doakes says:

      You would “prefer” no restrictions?? Don’t you get it? This isn’t a “preference” choice. This is the boots of the state stomping on you and your rights. Wake UP!

    3. Sam says:

      They shouldn’t be able to legislate good health to begin with. It’s not their job to keep us healthy; responsibility lies with the individual. Soon enough they’ll be making us eat government approved meals if we let them start down this path.

      1. Michael says:

        They’re not even “legislating” in this case. It’s mayoral decree.

  23. Becca says:

    Everytime I see a story like this one, I’m reminded of how thankful I am that I live in Texas where politicians aren’t nannies.

    1. outta there says:

      Me too……

      1. caroline says:

        Texas rocks… they would have a hard time doing that here!!

  24. Tarantula says:

    Indians6 Red Sox 4

    1. Doug says:

      go tribe, red sox, pats,and bruins all suck cleveland balls.

      1. mike228 says:

        oh, do you mean the cavs and browns? yeah, 2 teams that exemplify winning

  25. karen o says:

    Let me put it another way: What if the Mayor decided to ban all sales of meat containing pork? Would you accept that? Would you accept the mayor saying that the interests of the city in promoting the Red Sox is so strong that no one will be allowed to wear clothing supporting an opposing team? WHERE DOES IT END??? WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE AT THESE STUPID EDICTS BY THE MAYOR?

  26. Doug says:

    I love it where liberals vote for liberals and elected liberals take awys the people’s freedoms. You idiots get what you deserve. How’s that healthcare working out for you???

    1. Capt America says:

      Great Point, Doug.

    2. Shaman says:

      You know Doug, you’re one of the people who’s freedoms are being taken away. Not sure why you’re laughing…

  27. decided1 says:

    Let’s review: Boston banning sugar drinks, NYC, working to ban toys in a Happy Meal…this is ALL tied to the coming tsunami of Government Healthcare as the Feds now feel even MORE empowered to intrude in the lives of free people. Look for more and more erosion of freedom of choice as the government will have the power to DICTATE every area of your life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Becca says:

      If voters continue to elect liberals there’s no hope.

  28. Dan says:

    ‘‘I’ve been mayor for 17 years, there are people sitting in the wings who want to be mayor,’’ Menino said. ‘‘You’ll hear a lot of rumors in the next year or so about Tom Menino not doing well. ‘He’s hiding this or he’s hiding that.’ But if you notice, every time I go into the hospital, I have my doctors talk to the press.

    ‘‘I’m not hiding anything.’’

  29. Teddy Kennedy's SEARCH+RESCUE says:

    Our Founder and his son Patrick, would often a “JACK & COKE” but not the sugery drink kind. Those were days!!

  30. Freeeeeedom says:

    Wake up people! They are seeing how many rights can be taken away without a fight, this is one of many that Americans have just said oh well to. Enough it is time to vote and get Americans back in office not dictators. The Russians have more freedom than Americans now!

  31. Taxpayer says:

    Just sell “diet ” sodas with cancer causing saccharins and nutra sweets.

  32. HANOI JOHN KERRY says:


    I will be dong a on WBZ later today, explaining why we need this ban…it’s for the children.

  33. Irchr says:

    If I worked there I would bring my own, and drink it in front of him. Even though I hate sugary drinks, I would down one just to show him what goes into my body is my business not his. What a moron of a Mayor, why do you all tolerate him?

  34. No Irish Need Apply says:

    Are we really certain that’s what Muble’s actually said? For all we know ole’ Mush Mouth said that all sugarry soda drinks will be free on public property. Doesn’t that fit his socalist mold a bit better? What a tool!

    1. mike228 says:

      Love the NINA reference…awesome. Sadly, some people have no idea what it means.

  35. IN MEMORY OF MARY JO says:

    Hey Mayor, When will that monument you are building to Ted Kennedy, be finished?

    1. grgrgrg says:

      AWESOME! Thanks for that.

      1. GREEN JOB$ CZAR says:


  36. Ours says:

    Isn’t City property our property? Paid for and bought by our tax dollars.

  37. Jon says:

    Hey Menino, in case you didn’t notice, there’s a hole in the ground the size of Gillette stadium in the middle of downtown crossing. It’s been there for about 4 years. GET IT SORTED!

  38. yo says:

    This is big brother. Voters in Boston get rid og him. It’s done of his business what you do. Women can have an abortion whenever they want I want a Coke whenever I want. If it’s not the governments business then it’s not the governments business. Come on Bean Town Bean this commie!!!!!!

  39. endgametime says:

    An example of Big Brother taking away our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness so we live longer to pay more taxes, but when we get old and do not generate a tax base, Big Brother prefers that we die. So much for FREEDOM.

  40. mom says:

    city employees won;t be able to buy soda at work from a vending machine but food stamp recipients, funded by city employees, can still purchase soda by the case load on stamps? Gotta love AMerica

  41. Betula says:

    I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love,
    Grow apple trees and honey bees, and snow white turtle doves.
    I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony,
    I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.

    Yeah, how’s that working out for you?

  42. bserius says:

    so,,,, How much sugar is in a beer or a glass of sangria ?…..Gotta think the guys at Coke and Pepsi should look into if there is any of these being sold on Boston puplic property

  43. Ed says:

    Oh well the streets and sidewalks around Fenway are city property-good-bye street vendors.

  44. Ron says:

    Mumbles is the fattest slob in City Hall!

  45. General Howe says:

    No sweet tea for those Bostonians….

  46. snapperman says:

    So has the mayor banned the use of sugar in coffee and tea too?

  47. Mikey says:

    Heil Menino! Up and comer in the American branch of the National Socialist Party (formerly the German based Nazional Sozialismus Partei).

  48. Democrat for Life says:

    GO DEMOCRATS!!!! Push the Nanny State mentality!

  49. Ralph Kimmence says:

    no beer on city Property

  50. EyesWideShut says:

    The City’s property??? Who owns the City???? The “City” is a legal fiction, existing only on paper and in one who wishes to believe in the fiction. But a fiction none-the-less. But just for argument, doesn’t the “City” get its funds from taxes provided by people? And aren’t most Cities incorporated? And aren’t corporations owned by stockholders or those who FUND it? So uhhh, that makes it people’s property.

    People REALLY need to stop paying these clowns “in public office” they have truly lost their minds and are drunk with assumed power. If they are not paid and get ignored, they’ll go away. Their are plenty of people with the skill set to replace these clowns with a ACTUAL “free” market, so we can all start progressing unhindered and unmolested by these liars, thieves and murderers running around calling themselves “government.”

    And anybody who disagrees or think (government) services should be provided under threat of physical violence, you are FREE to keep participating, just don’t think that everyone has to. In other words, if you need a RULER then go be ruled, you obviously don’t know the principles of this location of the world.

  51. Knowledge Saves says:

    Suggestion: Post on Vending Machines- “Buy Sugery Drinks at Pharmacy(Walgreens, CVS, etc) and Diet Pils. Is it just me or has others had this thought –
    “Pharmacies put the health destroying items in front and health fixing items in the back”. It is a win-win for pharmacies. Maybe the mayor could get a local pharmacy to sponser the posters. Is it wonderful, you can kill yourself and heal yourself at one location.

  52. what the says:

    I am a brittle diabetic. What if I am reporting a burglary or something and my sugar drops? Usually I run to the vending machine and get a sugared drink to save me from coma, which could happen within 10 minutes, but now I will have to wait for someone to run to the nearest convenience store and run back with sustenance? Or worse, have to wait for an ambulance? So something life-threatening that could be averted with $1.50 could now cost thousands and not be enough to save me.

    1. oracle2world says:

      100% juices are allowed, but only occasionally.

      So if you had a bottle of juice the day before, forget about having another to prevent your diabetic coma.

  53. BobH says:

    Does this shut down gameday concessions on Yawkey Way for the Red Sox?

  54. NH-driver says:

    Sounds like Menino is trying to avoid temptation. How many 2 Liters of Coke (probably mixed with some sort of strong adult beverage) does he down in a day?

  55. WilliamPenn says:

    This has nothing to do with health. It has everything to do with anti-capitalism and totalitarian control. Rebel, citizens! You don’t have to stand for this.

  56. Steve says:

    Ok so we allow a woman to make a choice because it is no business of the government interfering….. But I can’t drink my coke because the govenrment says it will make me fat……duh!

  57. Mike says:

    Ignore him and whenever someone is fined for selling sugar they should demand a JURY trial and Menino will see what citizens actually think about him and government encroaching on our LIBERTY.

  58. Steve says:

    Look at the fat f@ck, I bet there are sugar filled drinks in his office. Do as I say not as I do.

  59. Steve says:

    What next? Is he going to ban hamburgers on city property? What about birthday cakes or pies? The Coke company should take him to court immediately.

  60. Dave K says:

    Thank You Mayor. Now please ban Video Games. My kids play them all the time. I hate them. Obama 2012

    1. David says:

      please is has done enough damage to this country

      Herman Cain

  61. justshootthem says:

    Long past time to go after the spouses and children of the communists and their fellow travelers in the Fifth Column media.

  62. oracle2world says:

    Diet sodas are bad to fight obesity?

  63. Gary Beauchamp says:

    So all must be punished because some eat too much sugar? The nanny state has arrived with these mealy mouthed do gooders who aren’t happy unless they are telling others what to eat, drink, drive, ad infinitum. Our toilets and light bulbs are regulated, plastic bags, likely toilet paper will be next. Butt out of my life you sniveling mamby pamby airheads.

  64. David says:

    this has to be another Dem. moron
    it’s not city propery you jerk, it belongs to the tax payers.
    Boston, you think is is time for another Revaluation
    Herman Cain in 2012
    Fair Tax

  65. SCW says:

    “I want to make this a healthier choice, the easier choice in people’s daily lives, whether it’s the schools, the work sites or other places in the community,”

    Hey Mumbles, how about “WE” make the choice. and by the way Menino, by the looks of you, maybe you should worry about making better choices for yourself and leave the rest of us out of it. thanks anyway.

  66. FRANCO says:



  67. THE TRUTH says:


  68. Hank Warren says:

    Food/drink police, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  69. P Revere says:

    I see that Banned in Boston is still a useful catchphrase.
    Drink your daily allotment of fluoride (ask any exterminator about it)

    Our glorious leader knows best.
    I am not worthy enough to decide to drink orange or cranberry juice when my blood sugar drops too much.

  70. it's my body says:

    Why don’t they ban abortions instead? Abortions kill more people than sodas. I’ll never understand the liberal mindset.

  71. Vince says:

    Gotta love liberals.

  72. MFinSC says:

    No salt on my table (New Jerk); no sugar in my soda (Bosstown). Only a matter of time for: no beef in my patty; no butter on my toast; no eggs in my fry pan; no gravy for my roast Somehow, I see a song in this.

    You can call it the “Nanny-State Anthem”

  73. mike says:

    Menino, way to go, not can you do some serious work like fixing the Boston Public school system, doing away with Busing and ending the lottery and opting for neighbor hood assignment based system

  74. BruceInDenver says:

    Welcome to the Nanny State. Now, eat your green beans or go to jail!

  75. The Stig says:

    Bleepin’ Mumbles.

  76. max says:

    and street vendor sales go through the roof. Silly liberals they just dont understand supply and demand.

  77. Arjay says:

    Now if they would only ban the purchase of soda with food stamps. Who is the loonie who let that get by? I wonder what would happen to such a bill if it were introduced in congress.

  78. emom says:

    WOW< will he do the same with ALCHOHOL, I mean instead of BUD LITE will it be one of those 63 calorie alchohol drinks, I can see it now,, the lushes on beacon hill will go into the DT's and need AA for their addictions… I can see them sneaking sips of those red bulls, and all those energy drinks.. In the bathrooms will be people sitting in the stalls and sucking down that pepsi before going back to work.. CHECK THEIR DESK DRAWS, LOOK FOR HIDDEN PANELS LOOK BEHIND THAT POTRAIT UNDER THE POTTED PLANTS, IN THE SAFE, IN THE THIRD DRAW BEHIND THE FILE CALLED…….CONFIDENCIAL……

  79. TheMadKing says:

    Notice how liberals always say taking away choices gives you even better choices? Like we’d be more free if people couldn’t burn the Koran? Or rising gas prices leads to better choices in transportation? There must be a playbook somewhere. Oh yeah! Mao’s little red book. How could I forget?

  80. max says:

    Why dont they just ban hiring fat people? They do that with smokers?

  81. DAVE says:

    No wonder governments are broke. This is costing what? Get the GOVERNMENT OF OF OUR LIVES.

  82. nunyabidness says:

    What a moron. It’s not sugar. They don’t contain any. It’s the high fructose corn syrup.

  83. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Another government degenerate thinking that he knows what’s best for you and your children.

    He will then enforce it with a fine and if you refuse to pay the fine and they then come to your door to collect and you resit, these mental deficients will kill you.

    Just as if you don’t pull over because you have a tail light out. They will kill you.

    Government is men and women providing services at the barrel of a gun.


  84. i'mlovin'it says:

    IT’s a different version of “First they Came”. just insert “rich people” to begin with.

    First They came… – Pastor Martin Niemoller
    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    Quit with the handouts. Life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of Happiness. Nobody every said the government was created to provide handouts to people, that’s just the tool that Politicians use to keep getting re-elected. and the more people taking handouts, the longer the elected stay in office….until the rich get tired of paying for it and go somewhere else, then there’s no money left to take to re-distribute.

  85. Fatty McMayor says:

    Thank God we have Menino to make all these decisions for us!! Maybe if Mumbles did a push-up every once in awhile he might see the benefit in those “sugary” sports drinks.

  86. Benjamen F says:

    So let me get this straight.
    A bottled sports drink marketed by a company that operates globally for example, can be sold anywhere in the nation except on Boston’s publicly owned property?

    I seem to remember that the Commerce Clause in the Constitution is designed to prohibit policies like this.
    Uniformity in law has a net benefit for all.
    If this ban is challenged in court is the mayor willing to personally guarantee that the taxpayers of Boston are not liable for damages and costs to the vendors or the beverage bottlers who have lost sales and opportunities?
    Or is the mayor just willing to hand off any possible damage award and legal costs to city home owners and businesses with no sanction on himself?

  87. rider83 says:

    Welcome to Nazi America!! Maybe the government should write a list of we can drink or eat along with the words we are allowed to use! Oh I forgot they already tell us what words we can or cannot use!! Nazi Germany must be very proud of the liberals and America!!l

  88. Stan says:

    “I want to make this a healthier choice, . . . ” seems his honor just wants to eliminate choice.

  89. emom says:


  90. mike228 says:

    Back in 2004, Menino banned soda and junk food from being sold in public school vending machines…
    And has the public school population gotten any thinner?

  91. JoeC83 says:

    Well the Dems strike again one more decision made by a big gov’t democrat that takes peoples freedom to choose for themselves away. what’s next? maybe no more fast food in the city then no more driving cars that aren’t electric. At what point is enough, enough? Maybe I’m in the minority in this state but I know I’ve had enough of this guy playing Judge and Jury over my body. Last time I checked Tommy boy isn’t exactly the picture of a thinner America, but it’s ok to do one thing and make everyone else do another. Hypocrisy at its finest. Maybe next time around the city of Boston will tell Tom you’ve had enough.

  92. Frustrated in Boston says:

    Hey Mumbles, stay the hell out of my diet, if I want a regular Coke or Pepsi, then dammit I’m going to get a Coke or Pepsi, last time I checked this is still America, we do still have a Bill of Rights. I think it’s about time you retire. I don’t even listen to my mother when it comes to my soft drink of choice, so why should I listen to you? Have you looked in a mirror lately, and not one of those funhouse ones either, when you start looking like the statue of David, or at least slimmer then your present girth then maybe I”l take your suggestion into consideration, but not until. You want ot save Bostonians some money on health insurance costs? Then join Weight Watchers for a few months before starting something this over-reaching. It is not in your power to tell another what they can and cannot eat or drink, you are just a mayor, not a dictator, or pope.

  93. Howard says:

    What happens if a diabetic on insulin needs a sugar drink because his blood sugar is too low? Will he need a special permit, like Taxachussetts gun permits/

  94. Trevor says:

    “I want to make this a healthier choice”
    That is liberal nanny state speak.
    Here is what he really meant:
    “I want to take away your choice.”

    I defy anyone to tell me that he meant otherwise.


    lmao , yea get rid of soda ,but sell mixed drinks at fenway, lmao , ummmmmmmmmmm drunks comming out of the ballpark but we can’t get a soda –WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    lmao , yea get rid of soda ,but sell mixed drinks at fenway, lmao , ummmmmmmmmmm drunks comming out of the ballpark but we can’t get a soda –WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. Sean says:

    Government is a joke. Worry about yourself and how to bakance a budget and we can worry about what goes into our own bodies, I’m so sick and tired of the governemnt becoming our moms and dads!!!!

  98. emom says:


  99. J.c. Edmond says:

    There WILL come a day when some shady slug will standing in an alley saying: “Yo man! What you lookin’ for? I got coke, I got Mountain Dew, I got Dr. Pepper. I can hook you up!

    So much for the “war on drugs..”

  100. Connie S says:

    Does he think the diet stuff is good for you? Aspartame causes migraine headaches and the diet sodas disrupt the glycemic index as bad as the “sugary’ drinks but they’re “allowed”. Guess I won’t be in a hurry to visit Boston.

  101. Bob Roberts says:

    I lived in MA for half my life but never thought it would be a “Big Brother” state! As far as I am concerned MA (or Boston) is no longer part of our great, free country. I think that a person should not become “fat” but, my god it’s NOT the city or states right to control an other persons life!

  102. sue says:

    This is crazy, and to think people put nuts like this in office is mind numbing. I didn’t know we now had to worry that are elected officals would concern themselves with what is in the vending machine. My god the entire country is fallin apart, county, city and state governments are going broke and we are worried about what is in the damn coke machine. Talk about not being able to see the forest through the trees. Oh, what about McDonalds Happy Meal toys – some want to ban them too. Can’t we as Americans make out own decisions? Butt out of our business – If I want to buy a soda it’s not your right to tell me NO. Do what you were elected to do and butt out of the vending machines, refrigerators, restaruants, etc. I hope all the fat people in Boston revolt.

  103. rmsbl4 says:

    I thought Hitler dird back in the 40s.

  104. TiaMaria says:

    mumbles could care less, he’s getting a check from us…iced tea?

  105. TiaMaria says:

    I need a job .. CBS?…..whatever happpened to Groveman? He was such a nice guy….

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  107. Isabella says:

    Let’s see : Liberals create corn subsidies in the 1980’s causing many sodas and foods to switch from sugar cane (and it’s byproducts) to corn (and it’s byproducts) to artificially inflate agricultural prices. Liberals complain when waist lines increase -due to an aging population partly- and demand *something* be done. “What about the children?!?” Liberals then demonize the very products they helped to create -anything containing HFCS- and outlaw it. It seems liberals create their own troubles and refuse to take responsibility for the matter.

  108. Michael L. says:

    1. Perhaps Mayor Menino should lead by example. He isn’t exactly svelt himself.

    2. Banning sports drinks? Does the city own any sports facilities? The city government isn’t going to allow athletes using those facilities to purchase sports drinks? Talk about Grade A dumb.

    3. This makes sense for schools and municipal facilities that cater to children, but in municipal workplaces? Can’t adults choose for themselves? Perhaps healthy choices should start with the mayor himself.

  109. NoCAGal says:

    Nothing but lefties furthering their communist agenda in the U.S.! Stop it now before it’s too late, people!

  110. kajoja says:

    Really? You know what’s coming next …. they need to raise our taxes for the removal and policing of sugary drinks on city property. Once that’s accepted there will be a health insurance premium on anyone caught with a soda. I almost can’t take any more.

  111. John says:

    you hear the stats for Overweight and obesity… WHY not ban internet and video games…teach the kids how to MOVE off their overweight A$$es..

  112. JD says:

    Wow Boston is San Fran east, and that isn’t a compliment. A bunch of losers living in a Communist controlled nanny-state. Why do you ugly Libs need to government to tell you what to do, and when to pee and poop? Are you that much of a big city of losers? Apparently you are electing the trash that you do.

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  115. Katie says:

    Mumbles looks like he may guzzle too much pizza… More calories in one slice of pizza than a can of coke or one beer. More calories in one beer than Coke. plus the arsenic.