Proposed bill limits caffeine for teens after SC teen dies from energy drink

Proposed bill could make it illegal for teens to buy energy drinks in S.C.- Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on April 10, 2018. (WPVI)

A proposal bill n South Carolina could ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under 18.

Parents of a 16-year-old boy who died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event are working with lawmakers to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.

His family said he had a latte, diet Mountain Dew, and an energy drink within two hours before he died.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends adults consume no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day - an average of four to five cups of coffee, The State reports.

Energy drinks can contain far more caffeine - up to 300 milligrams.

Those who knowingly violate the law would face a misdemeanor charge and result in at least a $50 fine.