Brigham Young University ends Mormon ban on caffeinated soda

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Rachel Densley 22 and Alexander Ure 23 make an early morning soda run at Brigham Young University

Melissa Jeltsen for Huff Post Rachel Densley 22 and Alexander Ure 23 make an early morning soda run at Brigham Young 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). A statement from the university said that the change was about being responsive to students and others on campus.

BYU decided in the mid-1950s not to sell caffeinated beverages and the school has said it doesn't offer them because there's no demand.

The university will be adding Coca-Cola Freestyle dispensers at some locations on campus.

But following Brigham Young's policy switch, sales of fizzy drinks have already begun on the Utah campus.

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.

According to the BBC, the move came as a surprise as the largest Mormon college in the U.S. has ensured it was "caffeine-free" since the 1950s.

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At BYU, the "honor code" requires that students do not partake in "alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse".

In the FAQ, BYU said it was adjusting to meet consumer demand now. They will be sold at campus sporting events as well.

Word of the news spread quickly Thursday morning as BYU students and alumni took to social media.

She would not speculate on if energy drinks will be offered in the future and encouraged students to check nutritional information in the dining services website to make wise food decisions.

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