Phew! If you live in New York, get ready for a change you probably never expected. According to CBS New York, a recently passed state law, makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy a can of whipped cream. Legislation S.2819-A is intended to prevent teens from using canned whipped cream to inhale nitrous oxide, also known as “whippets.”
The law, sponsored by New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, took effect in November 2021. However, it is only now about to be applied. Senator Addabbo says the issue first came to the state’s attention after a spike in complaints about empty cans on the streets.
Whippets are very dangerous. The Arch Academy website explains the dangerous side effects people can experience, which include judgment and impaired muscle control. Causes some users to step off balconies or bump into traffic. Others have suffered heart failure, suffocation or seizures. Overdose can cause hallucinations or send the user into a coma. Every once in a while, a whippet metal container explodes with disastrous effects.
Senator Addabbo spoke out on the new law, stating, “Nitrous oxide is a legal chemical for legitimate professional use, but when used incorrectly, it can be extremely deadly.” He added: “Sadly, young people buy and inhale this gas to ‘get high’ because they mistakenly believe it to be a ‘safe’ substance. This law will eliminate easy access to this dangerous substance for our youth.”
Anyone in New York caught selling cans of whipped cream to someone under the age of 21 faces a fine of $250 for their first offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses. Several roommates were shocked by the new law. One commented, “Wahhhh. That’s crazy. Another wrote: “I’m pretty sure they have bigger problems but ok make a law on whipped cream.”
Roommates, please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the ban!