Three-quarters of Brits back a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under-16s

Three-quarters of Brits want sales of high-energy drinks to under-16s banned, an exclusive Mirror poll reveals today.

The findings back calls from TV chef Jamie Oliver , who warned the drinks are “akin to drugs” and are “turning kids into addicts”. Prime Minister Theresa May said this week that experts would study evidence on the high-caffeine products .

A poll by ComRes for the Daily Mirror found 75% want the ban introduced.

The survey of 1,000 also showed more than 70% across every age group agree. Just 15% disagreed with a ban.

Theresa May said this week that experts would study evidence on the high-caffeine products
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A recent study found up to two-thirds of teenagers and a quarter of under-10s consume energy drinks. The Mirror told last week how Jamie was campaigning to stop under-16s from buying them.

The dad-of-five said: “If the industry is telling us their products are ‘not recommended for children’ on cans, why can kids as young as 10 buy them?”

Waitrose has already pledged to stop sales of high-energy drinks to under-16s.

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