Published: Monday, 20th Sep 2021

Bolton Council is warning of the risks of the recreational use of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

A number of large nitrous oxide canisters were found on Bradshawgate in the town centre last Sunday morning (September 12). The canisters found were the size of a small fire extinguisher, which can hold approximately two litres of gas. These are much bigger than the typical small silver canisters usually associated with laughing gas.

The use of laughing gas is increasing common despite it being illegal for recreational use. Use of the gas can cause serious immediate and long-term damage to health and can even be fatal.

The canisters containing the gas are also damaging to the environment.

Cllr Hilary Fairclough, Executive Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services said: “In addition to the physical effects on the body, there are psychological impacts from these banned substances. 

“As with the abuse of any substance, users can develop addictions which can send their life on a downward spiral.  

"There may be a misconception that this is a safe alternative to other illegal drugs but that is not the case. It’s important people understand that laughing gas can be as harmful and fatal as other banned substances.”  

Anyone who sees these canisters being sold in Bolton is urged to contact Bolton Council Trading Standards