Should it be illegal?

Starr - posted on 08/31/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Caffiene!
Caffiene is a psycho active drug causing side effects such as anxiety and insomnia. So my question is should it be illegal? Why or why not?

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Jenny - posted on 08/31/2010

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All drugs should be legal for consenting adults, including caffeine.

Alison - posted on 09/02/2010

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One coffee a day is actually good for prevention of cancer and heart disease!

Should cigarettes be illegal? Should aspartame be illegal? (maybe) Should alcohol be illegal... oh wait, I think we already tried that!

I have heard an argument that legalized prostitution is beneficial to society. Prohibition tends to do more harm than good.

People need to take responsibility for their own choices and need to watch over their children.

Ashley - posted on 08/31/2010

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Absolutely a resounding hell no i would crash and burn with out coffee and i would also like to keep some decisions for me to make i think the government has enough control over my life with out telling me i cant have my daily cup of coffee ok well pot but can you imagine maybe they should make all the horrible saturated fats illegal so the obesity rates in are children will drop ok off topic this one just stirred my blood lol.

Barb - posted on 08/31/2010

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No, it should not be illegal. Everything in moderation. If you have too much, yes, it can do damage. I think the more damaging problem is corn syrup and fructose. I'd agree to make that illegal long before caffeine.

Kate CP - posted on 08/31/2010

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No, it shouldn't. You have the choice to not drink it just like you have the choice to not smoke and not drink alcohol. It's a personal thing.

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Lotte - posted on 03/11/2011

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um no, just don't give it to your kids. if you don't like it, then don't drink it. dumbest idea I'vea heard in years, sorry,

Ary - posted on 09/07/2010

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Illegal? Absolutely not. I agree with Kate. People need to take responsiblity for themselves and for their children, for fuck's sake. 6 year olds do not need energy drinks. But if a parent is stupid enough to let them drink one, then that parent would probably buy the child an energy drink if an age restriction were placed on it. Do they ban/regulate fast food? French fries? Fatty food? No, and they cause more health problems than a little caffeine. So yeah, it's about personal responsibilty, and taking responsibility for what you let your children consume. If you expose them to healthy food and drink, and set a good example, then they'll most likely make good decisions on their own regarding their health later on in life.

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This is wierd because the other day my friend and I were discussing whether we thought coffee and energy drinks should have an age restriction like tobacco and alcohol. I think whilst coffee shouldn't be made illegal it would be best to educate people more about tis effects. I was horrified to see a man the other day buying his son who was about 6 an energy drink...

Starr - posted on 09/05/2010

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I believe that energy drinks really should have restrictions. It's like Ephedra that is now illegal here. Too many kids abbuse it and it can become deadly.

Amber - posted on 09/04/2010

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I don't drink coffee, energy drinks, or soda....and only eat minimal amounts of chocolate...So, I don't really have caffeine in my life. But I don't think that it should be illegal. It should be restricted for children, but its absurd to think that adults can't make their own decisions about what they drink.

Charlene - posted on 09/04/2010

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Nope, I don't agree with making it illegal.
Although, I do agree on age restrictions for drinks like Red Bull, which we do have in a lot of stores in our area.

Elisabeth - posted on 09/04/2010

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I don't drink coffee, but thats only because I find the taste disgusting. People think I'm crazy, they look at me funny when I decline an offer. Anyway coffee shouldn't be illegal, it's up to the consumer to have control over how much they drink if at all. There are a lot of medications that also cause the same (and worse) side effects, but some of them are in very big demand (including birth control or pain relief or cold and flu tablets) and again it's up to the consumer. Smoking and alcohol consumption are a lot worse then caffine.

LaCi - posted on 09/03/2010

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Caffiene should not be illegal, as it also has a plethora of health benefits, as do most of things it's in-and decaf versions do not. Everything you put into your body, except water, is a psychoactive drug. Everything you put into your body can have side effects.

Karen - posted on 09/02/2010

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Drinking coffee right now because I lost an over an hour of really needed sleep. I'll be a much happier/more engaged mama once I have my coffee. As I always say, my coffee makes the world a happier place : )

Amy - posted on 09/01/2010

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caffiene should not be illegal. It does effect people differently too. For my husband it keeps him awake, so if our son does not sleep well for a few days and he just can't get sleep that give's him the little kick he needs to keep up with our son. For me, it relaxes and helps me focus (as long as I don't take it with sugar). For me Caffeine helps ease my anxiety.

For parents who have kids who have ADHD or ADD some dr's are actually telling parents to give there kids some sugar free caffeine since caffeine is a stimulant and more natural than other drugs they can pump into them. (Although more recent studies are now saying Omega-3 Fatty Acids - in fish oil and other things - are better for people with ADD/ADHD).

Not to mention if you make it illegal many food and beverages would need to change. Caffeine is in many things like chocolate that so many people just wouldn't be willing to give up.

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No. It is in too many things and you'll just create another prohibition situation. And if you were going to make caffiene illegal, what about alcohol and smoking and fatty food and tv and video games and cars....my point being, you can't make everything that could possibly cause some people side effects or harm illegal. People need to be responsible for themselves.

Johnny - posted on 08/31/2010

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If caffeine was illegal I would like go on a homicidal rampage. So no.

All kidding aside, as I love my java and suffer from neither any sort of anxiety or insomnia, I hardly think I should be banned from enjoying my cups. This may be one of those kind of things where people who are anxious and have trouble sleeping use caffeine to keep them awake and going because they are tired? Just a thought.

I do think that the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under age kids should be limited though. I do suspect that frequent high caffeine intake may have an effect on a growing nervous system. No proof to back up that assertion, but just a guess.

April - posted on 08/31/2010

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i dont think it should be illegal. i think people need to learn boundaries. you should be able to know what's too much. i am not a fan of coffee anyway and i am extremely pissed that my mother keeps giving sips to my one year old!!

Sherri - posted on 08/31/2010

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Nope I don't believe caffeine is a drug. Actually I allow my teenager and preteen to drink coffee on the weekends when we are having family breakfast. My 4 yr old steals sips of my coffee or soda everytime I turn around too. I don't have a problem with myself or my kids having it.

Jaime - posted on 08/31/2010

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I will never give up chocolate...and caffeine-free chocolate is just blasphemy!

Tanya - posted on 08/31/2010

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Haha I just picture myself out roaming the streets for some black market pepsi

Sally - posted on 08/31/2010

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September, I had to stop and get a Mocha on the way to swim lessons today. Way to cold to be outside without a hot drink.

And Starr, taking away coffee would cause me severe anxiety and insomnia.

That being said, there are some people who cannot tolerate caffeine, my sister being one of them, but like any allergy she just doesn't drink it.

Illegal seems like an extreme step.

Krista - posted on 08/31/2010

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You will take my coffee when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

I could see the merit behind making a rule that drinks containing more than a certain amount of caffeine are only available to those 16 and older, though. Those damn caffeine drinks are being marketed to kids like soda pop.

September - posted on 08/31/2010

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No way! Sally I agree Seattle would stop! I love all the variety here in Seattle and I would be lost without my daily fix! In fact I'm enjoying my second latte of the day as we speak :)

Sally - posted on 08/31/2010

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Caffeine illegal? No no no! The whole city of Seattle would stop. What would keep us going during the 5+ months of rain? How would I wake up in the AM? The layoffs at Starbucks alone would be devastating to the local economy. Life without Coffee? I shudder to think of it.............

Charlie - posted on 08/31/2010

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I think drinks like Red bull should have an age restriction on it considering its caused more than one teen death .

It does reccomend 16 years of age on the can but it isnt enforced .

Starr - posted on 08/31/2010

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So, I agree. I think it should not be illegal but maybe along the terms of being 18 before you can legally buy it. Caffeine can really mess a person up. I mean I've never heard of driving while under the influence of caffiene or caffeine houses and caffiene whores, but think about a Star-Bucks. There are for sure caffiene addicts.

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