After numerous media reports that had spurred from a directive given to NY stores that stated an age restriction of 21 for the sale of whipped cream canisters, state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) gave clarity on the matter.
“I used to love whipped cream — but now I’m having second thoughts,” said Addabbo who sponsored a bill last year that puts a ban on the sale of whipped cream canisters to those below 21. The law bans the underaged from buying “whipped cream chargers” — devices that can be used to fill balloons with nitrous oxide, aka laughing gas, which is then inhaled for a high.
These devices are visually distinct from the refrigerator case cans of Reddi-wip and other brands meant for tasty treats on the go, but this fact remained unknown to many stores, thus forcing them to ask for ID’s on the sale of any whipped cream can.
“It was initially unclear if this ban extended to whipped cream canisters. In order to be safe, many stores started requiring ID for whipped cream,” reads an Aug. 31 email from the New York Association of Convenience Stores to thousands of members across the state. “You do NOT need to ID a customer in order to sell them a can of whipped cream,” the letter clarifies.