To stop children and teens from consuming too much caffeine, South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety just banned the country’s elementary, middle and high schools from selling coffee on campus.
The students attending these schools are between seven to 19 years old.
South Korea’s culture of exam stress is infamous, and according to the Ministry, students are using coffee and energy drinks to keep awake while revising for exams till the wee hours of the night, The Telegraph reported.
The country has a strong coffee-drinking culture, and its coffee imports have increased by 58 percent in the last five years.
Previously, coffee in these schools was only sold to teachers through vending machines or shops, but students would find loopholes in the system and purchase the drinks anyway.
Knowing this, the government decided to issue a total ban out of concern that drinking too much caffeine could harm children physically and mentally, creating health issues like sleeping disorders, dizziness and a rapid heartbeat.