SC bill would ban energy drinks for teens after boy dies

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WCBD) — Lawmakers in the Palmetto State are looking to ban energy drinks for minors.

The bill’s sponsors include two state representatives from the Lowcountry, Marvin Pendarvis, and Carl Anderson.

It comes after a teenager died in South Carolina in 2017 after drinking a number of caffeinated drinks in a short period of time.

One doctor says caffeine can have great benefits if used in moderation. “It does have a great impact on alertness level, cognition performance of individuals who consume caffeine,” according to Dr. Ahmad Boota at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.

If the bill is passed, anyone under the age of 18 could not buy or drink an energy drink. Also, anyone who buys an energy drink or gives one to someone under 18, would face a misdemeanor charge and a fine of at least $50.

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