Elias calls for energy drink ban

Elias calls for energy drink ban Darius Elias wants to ban energy drinks from the Yukon's schools.

Darius Elias wants to ban energy drinks from the Yukon’s schools.

The Liberal MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin is calling for the outlawing of these popular, highly

caffeinated drinks in schools “to ensure our youth are protected because we have no idea of the health implications associated with their consumption,” he said in a statement Monday.

Elias also wants to see a new law that would require the Yukon’s stores to ensure only adults are able to purchase energy drinks.

His comments come on the heels of an announcement by Health Canada this week that an 18-year-old man suffered two grand mal seizures after quaffing two Red Bull drinks on an empty stomach.

The man had no history of seizures. One year after the incident, he remains seizure free.

There are four published cases of people suffering seizures after consuming energy drinks, according to Health Canada. Consumption of energy drinks has also been blamed as the cause of death of several North American teenagers with heart conditions, according to reports.

One can of Red Bull contains 230 mg of caffeine – the equivalent of two to three cups of coffee. The product label advises only consuming one serving per day.

“Most energy drinks do print a recommendation of consumption by adults only,” said Elias. “We support Health Canada making this mandatory and it should be taking steps to enforce it.”

Just Posted

Yukon suspect in B.C. mail bombing makes court appearance

Whitehorse man, Leon Nepper, faces charges related to a mail bomb sent to a Port Alice home Sept. 11

Yukon government considers changing the leave of absence laws

A public feedback period on the proposed changes is open until Oct. 6

Skull found on Whitehorse trail in 2009 ID’d as belonging to missing B.C. man

The skull, found on a trail near Long Lake Road, is that of Port Coquitlam man Terry Fai Vong.

COMMENTARY: Yukon municipal politics are not exempt from having gender-specific issues

‘The lack of action on holding taxi companies accountable is abominable’

Do-nut worry, Yukon’s donut business is still going strong

The next donut pop-up shop is on Sept. 6

The hazy future of the Yukon woodstove

The Yukon needs a clearer understanding of its air quality

Musings from a history hunter abroad

After touring England, France and Belgium, Michael Gates ‘bumping into history’ everywhere he turned

Most Read