Tell Us: Regulate Energy Drinks?

Should Suffolk county restrict the sale of energy drinks like Red bull to people under 19?

Suffolk Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) proposed a resolution to the NYS House of Delegates of the New York State Medical Society to restrict the marketing and sale of high-energy/stimulant drinks to children under the age of 19.

Spencer is chairman of the Legislature’s Health Committee and stated in an opinion piece published on Patch Wednesday that mounting evidence shows high caffeine drinks to be a danger to children.

"There can be long-term medical harm and even sudden death in certain circumstances," he wrote.

According to CBS New York, an energy drink company spokesman said a ban would create a slippery slope. Coffeehouses, to be fair, would also need to ask for ID before serving coffee or tea to young patrons.

But, to be fair, coffee and tea don't contain the same amount of caffeine per serving as most energy drinks. 

Tell us, do you think that the sale of energy drinks like Nos, Red Bull, and Monster should be restricted to people under age 19?


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