Mormon-owned BYU lifts ban on selling Coca-Cola

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BYU's students are raving about the Mormon school's dining services development on Twitter, saying goodbye to the days they had to bring their own carbonated contraband to campus. But officials with the school of 33,000 students in Provo, Utah, said Thursday that increasing demand prompted the change.

In a surprise announcement, Brigham Young University said it would begin selling caffeinated sodas on campus.

"This is in response to the requests from our customers and our consumers who have been making more requests for caffeinated soft drinks on campus", BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins said.

In 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clarified its stance on caffeine is a statement released to NBC. "The Church's health guidelines prohibits alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and "hot drinks" - taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee", the church wrote at the time. It will not, however, include energy drinks.

The caffeine-free policy has been in place for more than 50 years.

Students were abuzz about a change that meant they'll no longer have to make off-campus runs to load up on their favorite caffeinated sodas to jolt their sleep-deprived brains.




The addition of caffeinated sodas to BYU dining halls is the latest development in a bubbling controversy over soda in the Church.

Yes, the BYU community drank to their hearts' content.

The same can't be said of the university's campus in Rexburg. Employees don shirts that say, "I'm a caffeine dealer". And for other caffeinated sodas that aren't part of the Coca-Cola brand. But on Thursday, she said times have changed.

"You youths will never understand the struggle we went through", Whiteley wrote jokingly in a Facebook post.

"I am drinking CAFFEINATED Diet Coke", one smiling student tells The Daily Universe between sips.

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

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