New York law makes buying whipped cream cartridges under age 21 illegal
A New York State law now prohibits the sale of whipped cream chargers or cartridges to anyone under the age of 21.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo, of Queens, saw nitrous oxide canisters otherwise known as "whippets" littering his neighborhood. He says teens were inhaling the nitrous oxide and getting high.
The bill solely bans the sale of the types of cartridges to minors, not canisters.
Some store owners across the state and in Huntington were told the bill included prohibiting the sale of whipped cream cans to minors in supermarkets, but that's not the case. Drug experts say whipped cream cans do not give the same high as the cartridges.
On the eve of International Drug Overdose Day and National Recovery Month, Steve Chassman of the Long Island Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependency says while legislation is a good idea, its all part of a larger question – why are these teens drawn to these products in the first place?
“Why are more young people, at a rate never before tracked, using household products and illicit drugs at a rate we've never seen before?” he asked.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, of the Family & Children's Association, says the COVID crisis and depression among young adults has skyrocketed. He says nitrous oxide in large amounts can cause serious health effects in young people and it can be deadly.
Anyone selling whipped cream cartridges to someone under the age of 21 can be fined up to $250 for the first offense and up to $500 for any after that.