OREANDA-NEWS  In Russia, it was proposed to tighten the trade in energy drinks. The issue of a widespread ban on the sale of energy products to minors was raised by State Duma deputy Sultan Khamzayev, RIA Novosti quotes him as saying.

The ban on the sale of energy drinks to minors is in effect in more than 20 regions of Russia, including St. Petersburg and Kazan. However, these measures should be introduced at the federal level, Khamzayev said.

"I think it is necessary to revive the work in this direction, which was started at the beginning of this year. There can be no secondary issues in the issue of protecting children's health," the deputy explained. He promised to raise the issue of the ban in the autumn session.

Khamzayev's initiative is not the first attempt to limit the use of energy drinks in Russia. In 2013, Viktor Zvagelsky, a deputy from United Russia, proposed banning the sale of non-alcoholic tonic drinks to children, as well as their sale in children's, educational and medical organizations and adjacent territories. He explained the initiative by the fact that minors consume energy in "immoderate quantities", harming the young body.

LDPR deputies proposed to completely ban the production and sale of "power engineers" in Russia in 2012. In March 2013, deputies from Fair Russia and United Russia proposed banning the sale of beverages containing caffeine and alcohol (from 1.2 to 12 percent). However, the ban on the sale of energy drinks with alcohol content came into force only in 2018.