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State Rep. Laura Fine Wants to Ban Energy Drink Sales to Kids

What do you think of State Rep. Laura Fine’s legislation that could ban the sale of energy drinks to minors? Tell us in the comment section.

State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) has introduced legislation that targets energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy and Monster and would ban the sale of such drinks to anyone under 18 years old, Evanston Now reported.

The number of emergency-room visits linked to energy drinks doubled in four years, going from 10,000 in 2007 to 20,000 in 2011, and of those visits, 42 percent had mixed the energy drink with another stimulant while 58 percent had consumed just the drink, according to a survey of U.S. hospitals by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ABC News reported.

Fines told Evanston Now that energy drinks can contain as much as 20 times the amount of caffeine found in coffee.

Caffeine levels in energy drinks range from about 90 milligrams (mg) to more than 500 mg in a can or bottle, while a 5-ounce cup of coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine and a 12-ounce soda contains 50 mg of caffeine, according to US News Health.

Fine serves the 17th District, which includes Evanston, Glenview, Golf, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie and Wilmette.

What do you think of Fine’s legislation that could ban the sale of energy drinks to minors?

Jim February 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM
1. The same folks who decide FDA drug approval are networked with the researchers who do the clinical trials. Biostatistics are not absolute nor evidence of proof of anything. Don't believe me? Take a biostat course and see for yourself. 2. USDA can only do so much because of the need to maintain a worldwide distribution system requiring food stability, etc. best to read labels carefully, cook, learn something about food chemistry. 3. Going back to subsistence farming with 300,000,000 Americans might be problematic. 4. Anyone heard about aquaponics? Very interesting organic farming method which produces veggies and fish without chemicals, fertilizer or pollution. There is a moderate sized operation somewhere in Illinois.
Reubear February 17, 2013 at 04:55 AM
I think these drinks should be banned altogether, but at least adults should know how to control better than kids. A lot of my friends have stopped drinking energy drinks. I wish parents took more control of what there kids eat and drink.. Kids have found a new way to become anorexic, Just take the wonder diet pill Dr.Oz is promoting. I know this because of Facebook and one of adopted nephews friends almost died for taking the pill Dr.Oz recommended.. Thank heavens my nephew didn't listen to his friend, he learned after trying anorexia the old fashion way!!
Procrustes' Foil February 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Chris, I, too, grew up in Chicago and worked for a time as a Public Aid caseworker and,later, as a welfare fraud investigator. Like you, I worked in the worst parts of town. (Remember south-side housing projects?) Everything you say is true. I witnessed these same activities. And worse, much worse. Yes, money needs to be spent on policing and child protection.
CK February 17, 2013 at 06:29 PM
She should pass these cans out to her fellow legislators who never have enough energy to lower our taxes, just jump from desk to desk on the floor of the House waiting for their Master's (Madigan) voice to tell them what to do. DUMP THESE CLOWNS!
Jx5 February 23, 2013 at 03:17 PM
She is doing that as well. It just isn't as quick a fix.

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