The government will close loopholes in the law on the sale of laughing gas

Laughter gas sales have dropped significantly after a political majority last year made the Laughter Gas Act that made it harder to procure laughter gas.

But there is still an illegal sale to a certain extent, and therefore the government will convene the parties behind the law for discussions, says Minister of Trade and Industry Simon Kollerup (S).

– There are still gaps to be patched. Therefore, the government will convene the agreement group behind the laughing gas law for discussions in the autumn, so that together we can adjust the law to, he says in a press release.

The Laughter Gas Act made it prohibited, among other things, to sell laughter gas to young people under the age of 18 and to sell more than two cartridges at a time to private individuals.

Stores that sell tobacco and alcohol, among other things, were also banned from selling nitrous oxide.

An evaluation from the Ministry of Trade and Industry shows that the number of Danes who have approached the Poison Line with symptoms of injuries after consuming nitrous oxide has almost halved since the law came into force on 10 June last year.

The National Board of Health therefore assesses that the misuse of nitrous oxide has generally decreased.

However, the Danish Safety Technology Authority assesses that, to a “certain extent”, the sale of nitrous oxide cartridges is still illegal, including on social media and foreign media.

Therefore, the Danish Safety Technology Authority recommends that the current supervision of both physical stores and online continues.

– A laughing gas abuse can have terrible consequences for young people, and therefore it is positive that it has become more difficult to procure laughing gas cartridges for intoxication purposes, says Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke (S).

– But we still see challenges with, among other things, illegal sale of nitrous oxide cartridges. This must also be addressed.

– I want to follow the development closely, not least in light of the fact that society has now reopened, and more young people are returning to everyday life with parties and festivals, he says.

Source: The Nordic Page


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