In 1991 Stanthorpe swept the world with its Coca Cola ban but now in the pub where it all started the popular drink is back and here to stay.
In 1991 Stanthorpe swept the world with its Coca Cola ban but now in the pub where it all started the popular drink is back and here to stay. Linden Morris

Soft drink ban at regional hospitals

A REGIONAL health district in New South Wales has banned the sale of soft drinks at hospitals, in a move believed to be an Australian first.

The Murrumbidgee Health District last week banned soft drink sales in an effort to reduce sugar consumption at 31 hospitals across the Riverina.

A NSW government report estimated obesity cost the state about $19 billion in 2008.

Drinks with high sugar content have been linked to obesity, which a NSW government report estimated cost the state about $19 billion in 2008. - ARM NEWSDESK