Ban on use and sale of laughing gas considered - The Evesham Observer

Ban on use and sale of laughing gas considered

Evesham Editorial 27th Jan, 2023   0

A BAN on the sale and use of laughing gas in England and Wales is being considered by the government.

The proposed ban of nitrous oxide, which can have damaging side effects, is part of a drive to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The Home Office has asked for the findings of a report into the harm caused by laughing gas to be delivered sooner than planned.

It says in turn it will consider this review before making a decision.

Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used drugs among 16-24 year olds in England, the government says.

Heavy regular use can lead to a range of side effects which include dizziness, weakness in the legs and impaired memory. Inhaling the gas directly from a large canister can be fatal.

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