Energy drink ban goes into place in Suffolk County

Posted at 10:10 AM, Mar 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-20 10:45:19-04

Selling energy drinks to teens in one area will be a thing of the past now that a new law has passed.

Suffolk County is saying no to energy drinks for minors with a ban on selling them to young people but not at 7 Eleven stores.

Tuesday night the county voted to ban sales of the drinks at all county parks and beaches.  The new law is aimed at energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster and others that have gained so much popularity in recent years and tend to be loaded with caffeine.

At a 7 Eleven on Route 110 in Melville folks reacted to the new law. One teen told The PIX 11 Morning News “It’s probably a good idea .  Energy drinks ruin peoples lives.  They aren’t good for you.”

But another teen countered “I believe it is a personal choice, whether you are gonna drink it or not.”  He went on to say ” No one should tell you  to drink or not drink something it’s a personal choice.”

An older construction supervisor told PIX11, “I think it’s a good idea.  I see young people start that stuff at 6 am and live off it all day.  It gets to the point no matter how much you’ve had  you keep going with it.”

Lawmakers say the ban and it’s accompanying education plan is the first in the nation. It also prohibits companies from marketing aggressively to minors.  Companies will no longer be able to give teens free samples.

Those who oppose the drinks say they are dangerous. Lobbyists say there’s no proof.

The law does not effect convenience stores, delicatessens, and other locations that sell the drinks.  Many of  them say they don’t sell to minors anyway.