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State x State Inhalant Legislation
from View Point, National Inhalant Prevention Coalition's
Spring 1997 newsletter, p. 5.


Many state legislatures across the country have worked to provide deterrents to youth who buy legal products to get high. The following list is a summary of current state laws that prevent the sale and/or distribution to minors of various inhalants. Thirty-six states have such laws and others (indicated by *) are currently working to pass or expand current inhalant legislation.


State Law Prohibits Substance Fine Jail Treatment
Arizona sale, transfer, or offer to sell vapor releasing substance containing toxic substance
X
X
 
California sale, distribution, dispensation, possession toluene, materials containing toluene, nitrous oxide
X
X
 
Colorado inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Connecticut* sale, distribution nitrous oxide, including "whippet kits"      
Georgia general inhalants, also under DUI law general prohibition of inhalable compounds
X
X
 
Florida inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Hawaii sale of toluol or inhalable compounds liquid/chemical containing toluol, inhalable substances      
Idaho possession or use of inhalant to get high aerosol spray, other inhalant
X
X
 
Illinois knowingly sel, offer, deliver liquid/chemical containing toluol inhalable substances      
Kentucky inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Louisiana prohibits sale or transfer of possession model glue, inhalable toluene substances
X
X
 
Maine* inhaling toxic vapors for effect general prohibition of inhalable compounds
X
 
X
Maryland distribution, instruction to a minor drugs/noxious substances, including butyl nitrite
X
X
 
Massachusetts Retailers need ID for sale; inhalants required to have noxious deterrents against intoxication glue or cement
X
X
 
Michigan inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Minnesota sale, use and possession for intoxication; business must post signs for butane general inhalable compounds, butane/butane lighters      
Mississippi inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Nebraska retailers must maintain registry of sale general inhalable compounds      
Nevada sale or offer to give aerosol paint, glue, cement containing toluene
X
   
New Hampshire inhaling certain compounds for intoxication toxic vapors, not including anesthesia    
X
New Jersey sell or offer to sell product containing chlorofluorocarbon that is used in refrigerant      
New Mexico sale, inhaling, possessing for intoxication model c lue, aerosol spray, & chemicals for intoxication
X
X
X
North Carolina inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
North Dakota inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Ohio inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Oklahoma inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Oregon inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Pennsylvania inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds; butane/canisters
X
   
Rhode Island inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
South Carolina inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
South Dakota inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Tennessee inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Texas* possess, sale, buy; business posts signage & pays license fees designated for education abuse volatile chemicals
X
X
 
Utah inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      
Vermont inhaling fumes for effect certain hazardous inhalants, glues
X
   
Virginia inhaling certain compounds for intoxication general prohibition of inhalable compounds      



NOTE: Information was compiled from the National Conference on State Legislatures and may not be a full report on legislative efforts.