Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is to be banned for consumers under new government plans which aim to take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach on tackling anti-social behaviour associated with abuse of the gas.
Announced today (27th March), the ban is part of a wider Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan which intends to deliver ‘swift and visible justice’ to perpetrators.
According to the government, the new law will make retail sale and possession of the gas a criminal offence for the first time. With further details set to be released today, the ban is expected to be issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
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