I students react to BYU decision to sell caffeinated sodas

Posted September 24, 2017

In news that will brighten your Friday, students at Brigham Young University are celebrating today as the school announced that they have ended their ban on selling caffeinated sodas. Smith's directive, focused on "hot drinks", predated the proliferation of soda drinking in the US, from manufacturers including Coke and its rival PepsiCo PEP, -0.68% Brigham Young, the school's namesake, was the second president of the Latter Day Saints.

That change has been pushed by students for at least five years, after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a reiteration of its teachings on what liquids should pass the lips of its members. So why the change, which will begin with the sale of canned and bottled soft drinks while campus soda fountains are adjusted?

BYU Dining Services reversed its previous decision to not sell caffeinated beverages on BYU's campus. It will not, however, include energy drinks.

"Despite what was reported, the Church revelation spelling out health practices (Doctrine and Covenants 89) does not mention the use of caffeine".

There was even a campus moments story made for this sacred, caffeinated day.

"The Church's health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and hot drinks - taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee", it said.

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"Did I just buy the first-ever caffeinated Coke Zero Sugar sold in #BYU's Wilkinson Student Center?" he tweeted.

Yes, the BYU community drank to their hearts' content.

But the university says it is seeing demand now. In a Facebook post, Caffeine Corner said, "Sounds like we're still in business".

"I am drinking CAFFEINATED Diet Coke", one smiling student tells The Daily Universe between sips.

"Caffeinated soft drinks have never been banned from campus", she said.