Show ID for this Dessert Staple


Whipped cream is a delicious, fluffy additive to take any dessert to the next level. Accessible to many in a can, in New York, you’ll now need to show your ID at checkout to purchase the popular dessert add-on.

Canisters of whipped cream are included on a list of restricted items in the state, with shoppers required to show proof of ID and be over the age of 21-years-old to purchase. Yes, it now joins the company of liquor and beer.

The change occurred because of the popularity of “whippets” in the state. These are a type of recreational drug that involves breathing in nitrous oxide gas stored in the canisters. Whippets have become so popular that they are now one of the top 10 most abused drugs worldwide.

Enforcement is cracking down on those looking to get a high from these canisters. Upping that age of purchase will hopefully eliminate the large group of young people chasing this type of high. Highs from whippets have led to impaired judgment, heart failure and seizures and an overdose could cause hallucinations.

“Sadly, young people buy and inhale this gas to get ‘high’ because they mistakenly believe it is a ‘safe’ substance,” state Senator Joseph Addabbo said in a statement.

Addabbo added: “This law will eliminate easy access to this dangerous substance for our youth.”


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