Ottawa to stop selling energy drinks at rec centres

The City of Ottawa has announced it will stop selling energy drinks at city-owned arenas and community centres, due to concerns from the Canadian Medical Association.

Canadian Medical Association wants to ban their sale to minors

City-owned arenas and community centres won't be offering energy drinks next month. 2:14

The City of Ottawa has announced it will stop selling energy drinks at city-owned arenas and community centres, due to concerns from the Canadian Medical Association.

By this time next month, users of the city's rec centres won’t have the option of buying energy drinks from their vending machines.

Coun. Stephen Blais said the City started to ask questions when major medical groups, such as the Canadian Medical Association, started trying to ban the drinks for minors.

“Energy drinks can actually dehydrate you, so if you’re participating in sports and pounding these back that can be very, very bad for you,” he said.

The city said it asked Coca-Cola if it would not stock its arena and community centre machines with energy drinks starting in December, a request the company agreed to.

High school students split

High school student Scott Rook said he consumes two or three energy drinks a week, about the same amount some of his peers have in a day.

“The culture around energy drinks is just to get them pumped for the next class, or work,” he said.

Rook is against limiting the sale of energy drinks, which are full of stimulants such as caffeine and taurine.

Coun. Stephen Blais said they started considering this when more medical associations began calling for restrictions. (CBC)

“I think it’s up to us, I think it’s a responsibility (of ours) to drink it responsibly just like alcoholic beverages,” he said.

Fellow students at John McRae High School, which is attached to a city recreation centre, said they agree with the city’s move.

“I feel that they are a very bad thing for you, for your health, so I don’t think that people should be using them,” said Sydney Linttell.

“Especially selling them in vending machines, (that’s) helping promote it."

”With energy drinks you have to be very careful, that’s why there’s labels and warnings in there,” said Suzan Ibrahim.

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