BYU to sell caffeinated soft drinks on campus, starting today

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"I drank a lot of caffeinated beverages while I was here but none of them was purchased on campus", said Christopher Jones, 34, a visiting BYU history professor and former student.

Brigham Young University announced Thursday that it will start to sell caffeinated soft drinks on campus. So why the change, which will begin with the sale of canned and bottled soft drinks while campus soda fountains are adjusted?

As clarified in 2012 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns BYU, the Church forbids alcohol, tobacco, and "hot drinks", but not specifically caffeine.

Shelby Slade covers community events, issues and stories for the Daily Herald. "Just the small change of allowing caffeinated beverages - because it's not against our religion - it's high time".

BYU students always had been free to bring caffeinated drinks to campus.

Even before this change, there was at least one way to get a Coke on campus.


The addition of caffeinated sodas to BYU dining halls is the latest development in a bubbling controversy over soda in the Church. "'Yes, yes I did".

The university has an exclusive contract with Coca-Cola.

"It's a big day because we can finally drink on campus what we're allowed to drink in real life", said Jepsen, a 1994 graduate. And for other caffeinated sodas that aren't part of the Coca-Cola brand. "And, I mean, who really needs the extra sugar?" said a BYU-Idaho student. In a Facebook post, Caffeine Corner said, "Sounds like we're still in business".

Brigham Young University is the largest Mormon college in the United States, boasting 33,363 total enrollment in 2016, meaning that this announcement has made a lot of people very happy. She said some older Mormons in her Salt Lake City congregation still believe all caffeine is prohibited.

"Requests for caffeinated soft drinks have become much more frequent".

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