United States | Alarm in New York for the narcotic uses of whipped cream sprays
The popular cans of Whipped cream ‘spray’ will be prohibited from this Monday throughout the state of New York for those under 21 years of age, in order to avoid their use as a narcotic by adolescents who inhale the nitrogen oxide contained within the vials.
According to the local press today, the law was already approved last year, but it did not come into force until this Monday: whoever sells these containers to those under 21 years of age is exposed to a $250 fine, or $500 if repeat offender. From now on, whoever wants to buy these cans of whipped cream will have to show a valid identity document that proves that they are over 21 years old, as is the case with alcoholic beverages and tobacco.
Nitrogen oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas’, is not illegal, and is used to maintain the consistency of cream, but can be extracted separately and provides a short-lived feeling of euphoria. Used repeatedly, it causes low blood pressure, fainting, memory loss and even psychosis.
New York Democratic Senator Joseph Addabbo was the main promoter of the law, after verifying that the irregular use of these bottles by adolescents was widespread.