Want to buy canned whipped cream in New York state? Don’t forget your ID

Did you know that in the state of New York, if you want to buy whipped cream you have to be over the age of 21? That’s right: Be prepared to show some identification the next time you’re trying to pick up a can. The law is not actually as recent as you might think, and the reason behind it will surprise you. 

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You Have To Be 21+ To Buy Whipped Cream in New York

In the United States, we are all pretty used to having to show identification if we want to buy things such as alcohol, tobacco, and similar products. Those laws have been around for a long time. As of November 25th of last year, however, New York State added a new product to their ID request list: Whipped Cream. Local convenience and grocery stores, however, only recently actually found out about it and began enforcing it. Customers have certainly been surprised when they reach the cash register and are asked for ID when they don’t appear to have any identification requiring products in their carts and baskets. Many are wondering why. (1)

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The Reason Behind The New Regulation

The reality is, that the ID requirement isn’t actually for whipped cream itself. If you are buying it in a tub, for example, you likely won’t be asked. No, the new regulations are because of the nitrous oxide cartridges found inside aerosol whipped cream cans. You may not have heard of nitrous oxide, but you have likely heard of it in its more familiar name: Laughing Gas.

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Teens inhale nitrous oxide for its narcotic effects. Unfortunately, it’s actually quite dangerous. The alcohol and drug foundation says inhaling this gas can cause heart attack, psychosis, psychological dependence, and sudden death. (2)

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In the last year, New York state has found that teenagers are abusing it as a narcotic. This form is commonly known as “whippits” or “whip-its”. The law is actually carding for the sale of cartridges of nitrous oxide, not whipped cream. There appears to be some confusion, however, over the execution of the new bill and who convenience store employees should be carding for. President of the New York Association of Convenience Stores Kent Sopris is frustrated by the new bill.

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“Requiring age verification when purchasing whipped cream is another classic compliance burden placed on convenience stores in New York State,” he said. “We hear constantly how important small businesses are to New York politicians but quite frankly laws like this prove otherwise.”

New York State Says It’s Not Supposed To Be For Whipped Cream

State Senator Joseph Addabbo, who sponsored the bill, said that the intent of the bill is not to target whipped cream, but to target the nitrous oxide canisters. It just so happens that typical canned whipped cream contains one of these canisters. Technically, Senator Addabbo says, a teenager could buy a can of whipped cream, bust open the container, and remove the cartridge, yes. Still, the bill doesn’t actually state anything about needing ID to buy whipped cream, specifically. The intent is not to burden stores and employees, rather, it is simply trying to keep New York’s young people safe.

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“It’s actually the cartridge or charger [that’s being banned from sale to minors],” Addabbo said. “It’s a small 2-inch charger or cartridge. Those are the words in the bill.”

For certain, the roll-out of this new bill has been sloppy, to say the least. Most stores were not even aware of it until recently. A spokesperson for Stewart’s Shops, a chain based in Ballston Spa, Erica Komoroske says that they took action after seeing signs in other stores. She explained that employees noticed signs above the whipped cream in other stores, which alerted them to look up the new regulations. Kamaroske agrees that it does seem strange to many, however, she understands why it exists.

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“I know it does seem silly,” she said. “But we definitely see that there are certain teenagers that are abusing cans of whipped cream. So on the flip side we see that, as well.”

They then put up signs above their own whipped cream shelves explaining that they would be starting to ID for whipped cream purchases and that minors could not purchase it. It then created quite a stir online. Senator Addabbo insists that they have done this to protect their communities.

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“The need to limit the access and sale of whippits first became apparent after receiving constituent complaints about empty canisters on neighborhood streets,” he said. “Used whippits piling up in our communities are not only an eye sore, but also indicative of a significant nitrous oxide abuse problem.”

Sources

  1. Want to buy canned whipped cream in New York state? Don’t forget your ID.” NBC News. David K. Li. August 29, 2022.
  2. Why you now need to be 21 to buy canned whipped cream in New York.” Today.  Anna Kaplan. August 30, 2022.
Julie Hambleton
Freelance Writer
Julie Hambleton has a BSc in Food and Nutrition from the Western University, Canada, is a former certified personal trainer and a competitive runner. Julie loves food, culture, and health, and enjoys sharing her knowledge to help others make positive changes and live healthier lives.
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