From November 8, 2023, possession of nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas’, is illegal in the UK.
The government has introduced this ban as part of its Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan.
Repeat serious users of nitrous oxide could face up to 2 years in prison and dealers up to 14 years, as the government delivers on its zero-tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour.
Nitrous oxide has been made a controlled Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
However, there are still many necessary uses for nitrous oxide. For example, it will continue to be lawful for catering purposes and in maternity wards when used as pain relief during labour.