ID checks for whipped cream are popping up in stores across New York as more retailers begin enforcing a one-year state law banning the sale of cans of whipped cream to anyone under the age of 21.
According to Albany Times Union, the law was passed last year out of concern that young people got drunk by inhaling nitrous oxide, which is used as propellant in cans.
The initial offense of selling a box of whipped cream to someone under the age of 21 comes with a $250 fine and a fine of up to $500 for subsequent violations.
Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is a dissociative anesthetic that can be inhaled by emptying cartridges of nitrogen gas, known as "whip", according to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. In addition to short-term euphoria, the drug can cause blood pressure loss, fainting, heart attack, and sudden death. Potential long-term effects include memory loss and psychosis.
Stock image of a lidless box of whipped cream (cveltri via Getty Images)The bill banning the sale of whipped cream to teenagers was backed by state Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens), who said he supported the measure after realizing the harmful effect of nitrous oxide on his territory.
When the law was passed last fall, Addabbo said, "This new law is an important step in [fighting] a major problem for many neighborhoods in my area." Said. “The need to limit the access and sale of whips arose [for me] for the first time after receiving founding complaints about empty cans on neighborhood streets. Used [whips] piled up in our communities are not just an eyesore, but a major problem of nitrous oxide abuse. indicative."
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Kent Sopris, who serves as president of the New York Grocery Association, told the Times Union that when he learned of the law just two months ago, he briefed members of the organization about enforcing the law, which was attributed to a potential problem. about how the law is followed.
"I think there's some kind of reporting mechanism that isn't going the way it should," he said. "We were tracking the invoice last year and when I look at the invoice tracking file there is no indication that it was signed."
Whipped cream chargers are widely used in the drug use of nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas. (Malcolm P Chapman via Getty Images)
A spokesperson for the supermarket chain Price Chopper, headquartered in Schenectady, told the Albany newspaper, that self-check-outs in its stores will start marking boxes of whipped cream as age-restricted products from September 1. Other food retailers have taken similar steps.
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