New York law prohibits the sale of whipped cream chargers or cartridges to persons under the age of 21.
Senator Joe Adabo of Queens saw canisters of nitrous oxide, also known as “whippets,” strewn around his neighborhood. He says teenagers inhaled nitrous oxide to get high.
The bill only prohibits the sale of these types of cartridges to minors, not canisters.
Shopkeepers across the state and in Huntington have been told the bill includes a ban on selling whipped cream cans to minors in supermarkets, but that’s not the case. House says the can of whipped cream doesn’t give it the same height as the cartridge.
On the eve of International Drug Overdose Day and National Recovery Month, Steve Chasman of the Long Island Alcohol and Drug Dependence Council says the law is a good idea, but it’s part of a bigger problem. first place?
“Why are more and more young people using household products and illegal drugs at a rate that has never been tracked before?” he asked.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds of the Family & Children’s Association says the COVID crisis and depression are surging among young people. He says that large amounts of nitrous oxide can seriously affect the health of young people and can be fatal.
Selling whipped cream cartridges to anyone under the age of 21 carries a fine of up to $250 for the first offense and up to $500 thereafter.