Ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to under-18s before another child becomes a statistic #clipredbullswings
  • Petitioned The Hon Peter Dutton MP

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Minister for Health
The Hon Peter Dutton MP
ACT Minister for Health
Ms Katy Gallagher MLA
NSW Minister for Primary Industries
The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP
NSW Minister for Health
The Hon Jillian Skinner MP
NT Minister for Health
The Hon Robyn Lambley MLA
QLD Minister for Health
The Hon Lawrence Springborg MP
QLD Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Hon John McVeigh MP
SA Minister for Health and Ageing
The Hon Jack Snelling MP
SA Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
The Hon Gail Gago MLA
TAS Minister for Health
The Hon Michelle O'Byrne MP
VIC Minister for Health
The Hon David Davis MLC
VIC Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
The Hon Peter Walsh MP
WA Minister for Health
The Hon Dr Kim Hames MLA
WA Minister for Agriculture and Food
The Hon Ken Baston MLC
Australian Local Government Association
Councillor Bill McArthur
NZ Minister for Food Safety
The Hon Nikki Kaye MP

Ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to under-18s before another child becomes a statistic #clipredbullswings

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      The Parenthood

Anxiety, heart palpitations, dizziness, chest pains and insomnia. They sound like the symptoms of a serious illness no parent would wish upon their child.

Did you know they’re also the symptoms of caffeine toxicity that can be brought on by consuming too many energy drinks?

With a 250mL can of Red Bull containing almost seven teaspoons of sugar, these drinks aren’t just unhealthy – they can place our kids’ health in serious danger.

Red Bull admit it themselves: “we do not recommend Red Bull energy drink to children”. Other leading manufacturers, including V, Mother and Monster, openly agree. The problem is, their self-regulation isn’t working. While teens are restricted from purchasing alcohol or tobacco, energy drinks are a free-for-all.

We’ve heard from teens who are guzzling energy drinks daily to support late night study habits, party for longer and even as a ‘legal’ high. With the year 12 HSC exams underway and schoolies just around corner, these products are hugely concerning for parents.

What’s even more concerning is the horror stories we’re hearing from the experts.

One doctor has seen teens cause irreversible heart damage as a result of energy drink overconsumption. Another is regularly faced with the serious consequences of teen insomnia, including inability to focus in class, as a direct result of energy drink dependence. Another simply refers to them as “brain chemistry Molotov cocktails”.

Researchers agree that the warnings on energy drinks exist for a reason and must be enforced. 

The sale of energy drinks to under-18s must be restricted before another child becomes a statistic.

To:
The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health
Ms Katy Gallagher MLA, ACT Minister for Health
The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP, NSW Minister for Primary Industries
The Hon Jillian Skinner MP, NSW Minister for Health
The Hon Robyn Lambley MLA, NT Minister for Health
The Hon Lawrence Springborg MP, QLD Minister for Health
The Hon John McVeigh MP, QLD Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Hon Jack Snelling MP, SA Minister for Health and Ageing
The Hon Gail Gago MLA, SA Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
The Hon Michelle O'Byrne MP, TAS Minister for Health
The Hon David Davis MLC, VIC Minister for Health
The Hon Peter Walsh MP, VIC Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
The Hon Dr Kim Hames MLA, WA Minister for Health
The Hon Ken Baston MLC, WA Minister for Agriculture and Food
Councillor Bill McArthur, Australian Local Government Association
The Hon Nikki Kaye MP, NZ Minister for Food Safety
Ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to under-18s before another child becomes a statistic #clipredbullswings

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Ebony Frost AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      Children need to be protected from these harmful additives

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      • 6 months ago

      As a society we need to balance the right for a company to commercial gain with its social responsibility and welfare of its customers. As with tobacco and asbestos building product companies in decades past, the ill-effects of consuming these drinks will only become apparent in many years ahead. Red Bull and related companies should be required to contribute to a fund to address the adverse health effects their products will inevitably have on younger consumers. Either that, or the next distressed parent whose child has been badly affected or worse, should consider suing the shop from where the drink was purchased and sold to a minor, contrary to the company's recommendations on the can.

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    • John Rees DOONSIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      Brain damage

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    • winifred kwan AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      I am a parent and i don't want my children and their friends being harmed by these drnks. They should be banned to everyone including adults if they are detrimental to our health.

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    • Andrea Cross AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      All drinks that can cause this kind of damage are endangering our childrens growing up to be adults,

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