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Ban on the sale of energy drinks. Regulations in the Sejm

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A bill has been submitted to the Sejm, prohibiting the sale of beverages with added taurine and caffeine (energy drinks) to persons under 18 years of age. In addition, the document introduces a ban on the sale of such drinks in schools and other educational units and in vending machines, as well as a ban on their advertising, inter alia, on television from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

The parliamentary website informed that the representative of the applicants of the draft amendment to the Public Health Act is the MP of the Law and Justice club, Minister of Sport Kamil Bortniczuk (Republican Party), and they signed it PiS deputies and unaffiliated. At the end of January, the president of the Republican party announced the submission of the project Adam Bielan.

No sale of energy drinks to minors

The proposed amendment provides for the introduction of a total ban on the sale of beverages with added taurine and caffeine to persons under 18 years of age.

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The draft specifies that a beverage with added caffeine or taurine is a beverage that is a foodstuff, included in the Polish Classification of Products and Services, which “contains caffeine in a proportion exceeding 150 mg/l or taurine, excluding substances found in them naturally”.

According to the draft, the sale of beverages with added caffeine or taurine is to be prohibited: to persons under 18 years of age; in schools and other units of the education system; in vending machines.

In addition, according to the draft, advertising and promotion of beverages with added caffeine or taurine cannot be carried out, among others, on television, radio, cinema and theater between 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m., with the exception of advertising conducted by the organizer of a competitive or professional sport event during the event .

Advertising such drinks would also not be possible: in the youth and children’s press; on the covers of newspapers and magazines; on poles, advertising boards and other fixed and movable surfaces used for advertising; on posters, including large format posters; in IT service centers; involving young people or children.

According to the draft, advertising and promotion of beverages with added caffeine or taurine would be prohibited, e.g. addressed to young people or children; combining the consumption of beverages with the addition of caffeine or taurine with energy and vitality; containing claims that beverages with added caffeine or taurine have medicinal properties; that drinks with added caffeine or taurine restore normal fluid levels in the body; evoking associations, among others sexual attractiveness, relaxation or rest, professional or life success, or creating the impression that beverages with added caffeine or taurine can be used together with alcoholic beverages.

The bill also provides that for breaking the restrictions on advertising energy drinks, a fine of PLN 10,000 will be imposed. up to 500 thousand PLN or a penalty of restriction of liberty or both penalties jointly.

Bortniczuk: it’s a drug wrapped in candy

Justifying the preparation of this project, Bortniczuk said last week on RMF FM radio that energy drinks are “like a drug wrapped in candy”. – All the more so we should ban children from buying these drinks – he stressed, noting that “a liter package of such a drink contains as much caffeine as six or eight cups of coffee, depending on the size of the cup.”

The authors of the draft amendment stipulated in its justification that “the proposals are the result of many consultations with experts”, and the report of the National Institute of Public Health – National Research Institute shows that “2.1 percent of children in Poland aged 3-9 regularly consumed beverages energizing, while in the case of young people (aged 10-17) it was 35.7% of boys and 27.4% of girls, respectively.

Cardiovascular complications have been shown to occur among adolescents who consume energy drinks, cardiovascular disorders include: increased short-term increases in blood pressure and heart rate, and decreased cerebral blood flow due to caffeine ingestion.

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