NOW nannying health bosses are looking at banning the sale of TEA to kids.
The Welsh Government are currently consulting on whether to outlaw the sale of energy drinks to children under 16s.
And they are asking whether to include tea and coffee on the black list too.
The call for evidence from experts and industry makes clear Welsh ministers consider caffeine a menace to kids.
It warns “energy drinks contain, on average, similar levels of caffeine to a double shot of espresso.”
And it claims “children who drink energy drinks on five or more days per week were most likely to have low psychological, physical, educational and overall wellbeing, such as headaches, sleep problems, alcohol use, smoking, irritability, and school exclusion.”
Therefore they “want to explore measures to ensure that we can protect our children’s health” – including an outright ban.
A similar ban on energy drinks for kids is is in the pipeline from the UK Government as well.
But in Wales experts are then asked: “Should the ban be widened to consider other drinks typically high in caffeine such as tea and coffee?”
However, critics slammed that as nonsense and totally unworkable.
Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at free market think tank Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Banning the sale of tea and coffee to kids would be the logical extension of this unscientific policy.
“Since a can of Red Bull has no more caffeine than a cup of instant coffee, it is for politicians to explain why one is too dangerous for fifteen year olds but the other is fine. I’d like to see them try.”
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