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Nitrous oxide to minors prohibited

In the fight to get fewer young people to use nitrous oxide as an intoxicant has a majority in the Danish Parliament on Thursday adopted a law which per 10. June means that it is forbidden to sell nitrous oxide to people under 18 years of age.

It will also be forbidden to sell more than two cartridges at a time to the private, and also forbids the stores that sell alcohol, tobacco or e-cigarettes, to sell nitrous oxide.

It has a majority in the Danish Parliament on Thursday decided.

Back in January was the government and a majority agreed on a political agreement that has now been voted through by the law. All parties minus the Liberal Alliance and the New Civic is with.

minister of trade Simon Kollerup (S) welcomes the ban.

Nitrous oxide can be fatal, and therefore it is crucial for the government, that we as soon as possible, slowed down the abuse of nitrous oxide as an intoxicant, we can see among our young people in Denmark.

- Personally I understand the parents who are concerned, for many of the young people at the delete and the court did not, what huge impact it can have, says Kollerup in a press release.

In 2019 received Giftlinjen 62 inquiries about the nitrous oxide. In the first five months of 2020 has Giftlinjen scored 48 inquiries from danes who have had symptoms of effects after lattergasindtag, informs the ministry of industry.

- of course It will still be possible to buy nitrous oxide, when it should be used in the kitchen, but today we will have limited sales to children and young people who expose themselves to life threatening danger of using nitrous oxide to other than what it is intended for.

- I am incredibly happy for, say Kollerup.

the Government has allocated 3.1 million kroner to the Danish safety technology authority, which is responsible for the enforcement of the law.

the level of penalties be raised. Fines for stores that don't live up to the rules, be raised from today to be the 10,000 dollars to continue to be 25.000 at the first violation.

At the second infringement, it costs 50,000 dollars, while the stores must of 75.000 dollars by tredjegangsovertrædelser.

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