One measure bans selling powdered caffeine to anyone under the age of 18. The bill was sponsored by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), who says it was inspired by the story of Ohio teenager named Logan Stiner who died after taking a toxic amount of the substance.
“Unfortunately, his heart rate accelerated and basically, (he) had a heart attack at such a young age,” Tarrant said.
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Tarrant says she didn’t call for an outright ban because of fears of overregulating, though she does say “this is unsafe for anybody.”
Powdered alcohol, which is not available in the U.S., was banned under a separate bill sponsored by State Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago).
“Knowing how accessible traditional alcohol already is to those susceptible to abuse – including minors – the risk of alcohol poisoning and its easily concealable form are just two reasons sales of this type of alcohol must be prevented,” Silverstein said in a statement.