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Mormon University Ends Ban On Caffeinated Soda

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Students cheered Thursday after Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, ended a six-decade-long ban on the sale of caffeinated soda.

Students at the Mormon university pushed to get caffeinated soft drinks sold on campus, reported the Associated Press.

“BYU is a great school but it’s behind in some ways,” Sarah McLaws, a junior advertising, and graphic design major, told The Associated Press. “Just the small change of allowing caffeinated beverages — because it’s not against our religion — it’s high time.”

Mormonism prohibits the drinking of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, but The Church of the Latter-day Saints ruled in 2012 that soft drinks do not conflict with church belief.  Mormons do not drink tea and coffee, noted the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Prior to this, students at the Provo school would bring caffeinated beverages onto campus for late night study sessions.

Sales of highly caffeinated energy drinks are still banned.

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