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  • Underage drinking is banned for alcohol, why not do the same for coffee?

    In the same way alcohol is banned for minors because it is a substance that has detrimental effects on children, caffeine can be banned too. In fact, in many cases, caffeine is even more widespread than alcohol and has worse effects on health. If the government can ban institutions from serving alcohol to minors, it can and should do the same for caffeine.

  • I believe so

    I cringe when I see parents going through Starbucks and buying their kids coffee, cappuccino, etc. I personally don't think kids have any business consuming energy drinks either. They are a kid...What in the world do they need an energy drink for?! How about going outside to play instead of playing video games all day. That'll wake you right up! Let kids be kids. Why force so many adult-like things on them. They'll grow up soon enough as it is.

  • Be Concerned- Kids Can Find a Healthier "Push"

    According to Dr. Donald Hensrude, a nutrition specialist at the Mayo Clinic, there are no health benefits for kids to consume coffee but there are lots of subtle side effects.

    We don't know everything about the possible subtle effects of caffeine over the long term--such as calcium loss. Kids build their peak bone mass as they grow through calcium intake and exercise. Yet caffeine causes calcium loss.

    Among short-term side effects, Hensrude cites insomnia, heartburn, intestinal upsets such as constipation and diarrhea, and withdrawal headaches (Stopping consumption will cause withdrawal symptoms since caffeine is addictive.) The classic story, says Hensrude, is weekend headaches from drinking less coffee than during the week. Since caffeine is a stimulant, it can also cause jitters, irritability, and heart palpitations or rapid heart rate. In some cases, it can bring on a more serious rapid heart rate in those prone to abnormal heart rhythms. It can also cause short-term increases in blood pressure.

  • Yes, of course it should be illegal.

    The reason why it is currently legal for kids to buy coffee is because there are so many people that support its free use, evident in the posts here. Most people are point out that Gatorade and sofa are legal, but I submit and correctly so, that it is recommended by most doctors that children should not drink Gatorade at all, it is quite bad for them, and they should never drink soda. In closing, the reality of the world we live in doesn't consider what's safe or healthy or responsible or follow any other morally driven principle. It does what it likes. If we only do what is right, no one would eat chocolate, and especially kids. The high women get from chocolate isn't from some magical mysterious feminine bond, it's because on average women are smaller and are more effected by the toxin in chocolate, the same one that will kill a dog, the sugar and the caffeine that addict them. The question is, where do we draw the line? We go over it so often, if we draw the line to close, we cut out 3/4th of everything we do. I say, follow legal standards, and don't make it a regular occurrence to feed your child coffee as they may become addicted within a week, therefore, do not allow them to self regulate their own intake, and make it illegal.

  • Seriously Whoever Is Doing this

    Kids should be able to drink something that adults drink . If they bann coffee then we would have to drink Gatorade witch is a ENERGY DRINK ! If soda is served in schools than children only have the same thing only with milk. Coffee cuts mouth cancer. Parents are the best people at monitoring what their children drink no shop owners or cashiers. Drinking Coffee is a choice that you and your parents make. We already have enough age restrictions [must be 18 or older to buy hand sanitizer in some cities !]

  • Coffee IS NOT DANGEROUS

    Coffee being banned for children is a joke. The government cannot step in and ban an item because ultimately I believe it is the choice of the children and the parents. There is no supporting evidence that coffee "harms" children. If anything, it might even help children focus which is why some adults drink coffee. Banning coffee is a domino effect of allowing the government to ban anything they want.

  • ABSOLUTELY NOT. That would be ridiculous.

    If they ban coffee drinking for children, then the world has officially gone crazy. Whoever thought of putting this up on here is out of there mind. And no, coffee does not stunt your growth, your parents are just lying to you so you can agree with them on not drinking coffee. To be honest, coffee is not bad for you. If you are a child, you are humans, and adults are humans, you are the same kind people. If you want to drink coffee, 1 or 2 cups a day won't kill you (unless you have diabetes or that sort of thing) So let's hope that they don't make this a law

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  • Seriously Whoever Is Doing this

    Kids should be able to drink something that adults drink . If they bann coffee then we would have to drink Gatorade witch is a ENERGY DRINK ! If soda is served in schools than children only have the same thing only with milk. Coffee cuts mouth cancer. Parents are the best people at monitoring what their children drink no shop owners or cashiers. Drinking Coffee is a choice that you and your parents make. We already have enough age restrictions [must be 18 or older to buy hand sanitizer in some cities !]

  • I say No

    Coffee should not be illegal because it may have some bad benefactors but it also has some good ones as well.One of the websites is from worldwide and in there it is about coffee and kids. In there it is also about what Harvard said. Once you read this it can be very good if kids drink coffee. That is especially good if the child is D.N.A. Related to someone who died of or who has now Parkinson’s disease, liver cirrhosis, colon cancer, gallstones, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. My kids are related to people who have or had all of those other than gallstones. Keeping that in mind, coffee should be illegal to kids ??? Obviously not!

  • Why the heck should it?

    Coffee cuts mouth cancer, can reduce stroke, is shown to reduce the risk of several cancers, decreases heart rate disturbance hospitalisations, decreases risk of Type 2 diabetes, stimulates the body in the morning, can change the mood beneficially, may help getting slimmer, people who drink a lot of coffee or tea (like four shots) have lower blood pressure, and it boosts memory, metabolism, and testosterone. Really, it doesn't always makes the drinker hyperactive. I drank three shots of espresso once, and I didn't get hyperactive.

  • Why not have it...

    If soda is sold in schools than children only have the same thing only with milk. Students will get more active (especially students who wake up early) and will therefore be more ready and active for school. Children know what Coffee is and have drank it before so there is no threat considering teachers drink it all the time.

  • Honestly I think NO

    Honestly if they bann kids from drinking coffe that's not fair cause then we can drink Gatorade cause their the same thing. POWER DRINKS!! And just because the president is the president he can't ban everything
    He already set age for beer and now coffee? Come on we have to be able to drink something that adults drink!

  • It shouldn't be illegal to sell coffee to children

    I believe a consumer should be able to by anything they want, to some restrictions such as weapons, bombs, poison, etc. Selling coffee to children shouldn't be illegal as it isn't life threatening harmful. I believe coffee is required for those who have trouble staying awake, as it might benefit children as well as adults.

  • No, it shouldn't be.

    There is no scientific evidence that coffee stunts growth, and as long as it's consumed in moderation, there is nothing wrong with it. Coffee drinkers have grown past 6'4!

    I occasionally drink coffee, but not everyday. Everything in moderation.

    If a parent wants to ban it, that's one thing, but there shouldn't be a legal age restriction on it. That's like putting an age restriction on soda, or juice, or milk.

    We already have enough age restrictions in this world (Must be 18 to purchase hand sanitizer in some cities!), and unless there is HARD, PROVEN scientific evidence about how it affects the body, there should be no age restriction for coffee on minors.


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