A call for age restrictions on energy drinks
‘Not recommended for children’ is printed on every can of energy drink. So why do we allow under 16s to purchase them?
We support Jamie Oliver's call on the government to put age restrictions on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s.
Sold for as little as 25p, 69% of adolescents and 24% of children under 10 are consuming the caffeine and sugar packed drinks.
Banning the sale of energy drinks in schools just isn't enough. A study commissioned by the Scottish government found that 41% of 13 to 15 year olds buy a sugary drink, including fizzy drinks and energy drinks, off-site at lunchtime, despite bans inside the school gates.
Make your voice heard by tweeting the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to put age restrictions on the sale of energy drinks to kids 16 and under.
In other news ...
Good news. The government has announced £2m new funding for organisations to research ways of supporting disadvantaged families during the 2018 summer holidays.
The Department for Education has just released useful guidance for schools and local authorities on funding available through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund - the cash raised through the sugary drinks levy.