Suffolk County Leads the Battle on the Fight Against Energy Drinks
Smithtown Matters


American Beverage Association develops guidelines for labeling and marketing Energy Drinks Smithtown, NY, June 23, 2011 – The Quality Consortium of Suffolk, Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center and the Smithtown Youth and Community Alliance were among other drug and alcohol prevention and treatment agencies standing behind Legislator Lynne Nowick as she succeeded in her efforts to have energy drink companies include warning labels on energy drinks.
Legislator Nowick worked with the American Beverage Association (ABA) to develop several new guidelines and display warning label “Not (intended/recommended) for children, pregnant or nursing women (and/or persons/those) sensitive to caffeine” on energy drinks. ABA guidelines will begin immediately and once a manufacturer’s current product line is depleted, the new cans will have the warning and caffeine content. This new legislation will affect 95% of the energy drink market.
“Increased public awareness on the dangers of children and adolescent use of energy drinks is the necessary first step in educating the public on mood and behavior altering products. Hopefully this will alert parents to the fact that these products are not intended for youth and will use this knowledge to make educated decisions,” said Elaine Economopoulos of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center.
For more information on the Quality Consortium of Suffolk, Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center and the Smithtown Youth and Community Alliance call the Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center at (631) 360-7578 or contact Elaine Economopoulos by email at elainee@tosgov.com.
Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center is a department of the Town of Smithtown, located in Suffolk County, and is responsible for providing substance abuse treatment, prevention and education services. The agency offers professional, confidential counseling services to youth and adults of the Smithtown Community.

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