Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, has today praised a local high school for taking bold steps to improve its pupils’ health.
Blairgowrie High School has announced a complete ban on caffeine energy drinks, whilst also prohibiting bottles of fizzy or sugary drinks larger than 500ml.
Commenting, Mr Swinney said:
“I am very pleased by the bold steps that Blairgowrie High School has taken. It has been clear for some time that energy drinks have a negative effect on young people’s health, whilst also impacting on their ability to concentrate throughout the day.
“These new rules will ensure that students are healthier, more engaged and better prepared for the daily challenges of school life. I would strongly urge other schools within Perthshire North to follow Blairgowrie High School’s example.”
Blairgowrie High School’s ban is the latest step taken in efforts to limit energy drink consumption amongst children. Recently, supermarket giant Tesco announced their “Think 25” campaign, which bans the sale of energy drinks to those under 16. This policy follows similar moves made by Asda, Sainsburys and Waitrose.