Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

You can now drink Coke with pride at this Mormon-owned university

You can now drink Coke with pride at this Mormon-owned university

"I have been told the students are lining up", Brigham Young University spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said of the campus cafeteria after the school announced caffeinated beverages would be available starting Thursday (September 21). While the campus has had soda vending machines, none of the drinks sold were caffeinated.

In 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clarified its stance on caffeine is a statement released to NBC.

Wright said the decision to begin offering caffeinated sodas stemmed from student interest, which has grown in the last few years. Highly caffeinated energy drinks will not be allowed.

A 2012 "Getting it Right" posting on the church's website explained, "The Church revelation spelling out health practices (Doctrine and Covenants 89) does not mention the use of caffeine".

BYU has been "caffeine-free" since the 1950's. "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. Caffeinated sodas will still not be sold at the two satellite campuses in Jerusalem and Salt Lake City.

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"Did I just buy the first-ever caffeinated Coke Zero Sugar sold in #BYU's Wilkinson Student Center?" he tweeted.

But the university says it is seeing demand now.

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

Brigham Young University is the largest Mormon college in the United States, boasting 33,363 total enrollment in 2016, meaning that this announcement has made a lot of people very happy.

"Maybe this will be one more way to get the word out that it's OK to have caffeine", said Whiteley, a mother who is pursuing her doctorate in counselling psychology.

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