HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Suffolk County lawmakers voted Tuesday night to ban the sale of energy drinks to minors at county parks and beaches.
As CBS 2/TV-10/55 Long Island Bureau Chief Richard Rose reported, the Suffolk County Legislature called the ban the nation’s first comprehensive energy drink education and protection plan. It passed as backers warned of potential health dangers to teens from the high-caffeine drinks, while attorneys marketing the products called the ban unconstitutional and threatened to sue.
The legislation targets drinks like Red Bull, Monster and others. The bill also calls for prohibiting the marketing of energy drinks to teens as well as educating kids about potential health risks associated with those drinks.