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Brussels region to ban sale and use of laughing gas
The sale and use of laughing gas for recreational purposes is set to be banned in all 19 Brussels municipalities from April.
Discarded metal canisters of nitrous oxide are a common sight on the region's streets as the chemical is increasingly popular among young people for its euphoric effects.
Inhaling laughing gas can come with serious health consequences, including neurological disorders, loss of consciousness and disturbing the heart's rhythm.
Saint-Josse and Koekelberg have already issued their own orders banning the sale and use of nitrous oxide. Local police can seize and destroy any capsules found.
The region-wide ban will come into force on 1 April, subject to approval at a police council meeting in mid-February.