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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland city councilman Kenneth Johnson has introduced an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18. The citywide measure would include vending machines to which minors have access.
Johnson contends that energy drinks, largely marketed to teens, contain 70mg. to 80mg. of caffeine per 8-fl.oz. serving, which is three times the amount in cola soft drinks.
His proposed ban comes on the heels of an U.S. Food and Drug Administration report that Monster Beverage Corp.'s energy drinks have been cited in the deaths of five people in the past year. Among them was a 14 year-old girl who died after drinking two, 24-fl.oz. cans of the drinks in 24 hours. The girl's parents have sued the maker of the drink.
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Under the measure, distribution of energy drinks to minors would result in a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Passage of the legislation requires a two-thirds majority approval from council and approval from the mayor.