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Politician calls for ban on energy drink sales to kids

An MSP has called on retailers and sponsors to stop selling and promoting energy drinks for kids.

Graeme Dey will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament later, urging companies to voluntarily adopt a ban.

Several supermarkets, including ASDA, Tesco and Waitrose, have already brought in age limits.

Graeme Dey MSP for Angus South said:
“The response from many parts of the sector to this issue, including the Co-op and the Federation of Retail Newsagents, has been excellent. But it’s now time for all retailers to be bold and voluntarily ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s.
“Two years ago, a British Medical Journal report found strong links between energy drinks and symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, hyperactivity and insomnia in young people. And teachers tell me energy drinks are causing significant behavioural problems in schools, with many hyperactive teenagers interrupting classes after consuming high-caffeine drinks off campus at lunchtime.
“That is why I’m calling for more research into the risks of high-caffeine energy drinks, and for all retailers and sponsors alike to act responsibly and voluntarily stop selling and promoting energy drinks to young people.”

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