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23 September 2017, 01:19 | Violet Powell
BYU will now sell caffeinated beverages on campus
Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening".
That change has been pushed by students for at least five years, after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a reiteration of its teachings on what liquids should pass the lips of its members.
Mormons are still prohibited from consuming tea or coffee.
In the statement, Wright said BYU will continue to honor their contract with Coca-Cola, they will not sell energy drinks and students will continue to have access to the caffeine-free beverages BYU already had.
Perhaps the most interesting comment came from students talking about the economic impact this would have... on the gas stations near campus where they used to get their caffeinated drinks.
That year, a BYU student started a petition to add caffeinated drinks on campus, but no change had happened until now.
The change only applies to BYU's main campus in Provo.
"I absolutely love it". The church in 2012 clarified that it's health codes known as "The Word of Wisdom" discourages the use of coffee and tea, tobacco and alcohol, but doesn't specifically ban soft drinks.
While some people believe caffeine is banned in the Mormon religion, that's not the case. While the campus has had soda vending machines, none of the drinks sold were caffeinated.
Amber Whiteley said she used to get nasty looks when she brought Mountain Dew to campus when she was a BYU student almost a decade ago.
Media reports have incorrectly stated that Mormons aren't allowed to drink caffeinated soft drinks - in fact, the Church's 2012 clarification was in response to a TV segment. "We are simply working to meet the preferences of our customers".
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