France may ban 'laughing gas' sale to minors as usage grows

Silver canisters discarded on the ground. France may ban laughing gas sale to minors as usage of the drug grows.
The gas is often sold in small canisters, or used to blow up party balloons. Its use as a recreational drug is spreading among young people in France.

France may soon ban the sale of nitrous oxide capsules - known as “laughing gas” - to minors, as national health body Anses launches a study into the chemical’s increased use and possible neurological side effects.

The gas - or N2O, called le protoxyde d’azote in French - is often sold in small cartridges or canisters, for use in products such as Chantilly cream spray aerosols. The gas is also often used to fill party balloons.

Increasing numbers of young people - especially aged 20-25 - are inhaling the gas, nicknamed “proto”, as it is said to produce a euphoric effect.

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