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Sales of energy drinks to children to be banned in England under government plan

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 30 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3741
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The UK government has proposed banning the sale of energy drinks in England to anyone under the age 18 amid growing fears about their effects on children’s health.

A public consultation launched on Thursday 30 August sets out plans to make it illegal for retailers to sell drinks containing high levels of sugar and caffeine to children, given their links to obesity, toothy decay, and other health problems.1 The ban would apply to drinks containing 150 mg or more of caffeine per litre.

The consultation is the latest phase of the government’s childhood obesity plan, which set out a …

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