A new law states that you now need to show ID proving you’re over 21 to purchase whipped cream in New York.
The reason for the sudden ban has been revealed to be what the canisters actually contain (apart from the cream).
The whipped cream can nozzle contains nitrous oxide, which can get you a little high when inhaled. And that’s the reason under 21s are now banned from purchasing it.
In a recent statement, Senator Joseph Addabbo talked about the risks associated with whipped cream nitrous oxide inhalation, saying:
“The need to limit the access and sale of whippits first became apparent after receiving constituent complaints about empty canisters on neighborhood streets. Used whippits piling up in our communities are not only an eye sore, but also indicative of a significant nitrous oxide abuse problem.”
“Nitrous oxide is a legal chemical for legitimate professional use but when used improperly, it can be extremely lethal.
“Sadly, young people buy and inhale this gas to get ‘high’ because they mistakenly believe it is a ‘safe’ substance. This law will eliminate easy access to this dangerous substance for our youth,” he added.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has also said that one in five youngsters have been chasing highs with such inhalants by the time they become 8-graders.
The fine for getting caught selling whipped cream to under 21s starts at $250 for a first and $500 for a second offence.
Even though the bill was first introduced in 2021, ID check signs have started being put up as of recently.
According to New York Association of Convenience Stores head, Kent Sopris, the slow pace of the process was due to people not being aware that such a bill was now in effect.
“We had been tracking the bill last year and when I looked in the bill tracking file, there is just no indication that it was signed,” Sopris said.
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