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Bill would ban selling energy drinks to teens

5 years ago April 21, 2010 Apr 21, 2010 Wednesday, April 21 2010 Wednesday, April 21, 2010 4:26:18 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

A state senator from Benton is proposing to ban the sale of energy drinks in Louisiana to anyone under the age of 16.

Senator Robert Adley says he offered the bill on behalf of a constituent who raised health concerns about the drinks and who calls the jolts of caffeine popular with teenagers and college students "speed in a can."

Manufacturers of the drinks say they are confident of the products' safety.

The ban would fall on any drink - except coffee - that has at least five milligrams of caffeine per ounce.

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