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GA county to ban "huffing"

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – Did you know that huffing - inhaling chemical vapors to get high - isn't illegal in Georgia?

Leaders in Lee County say it is dangerous and they want a law on their local books to try to prevent it.

The ordinance lists 30 substances from hair spray to  canned whipped cream which cannot be inhaled.

The district attorney, sheriff, and local magistrate judge brought the issue up because he says  because there's no law in Georgia that calls for a punishment and it's becoming a problem in Lee County.

Commissioners tentatively voted Tuesday night to approve the ordinance.

It is illegal to sniff glue in Georgia, so the new substances will be amended.

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals told the commission he supports this measure because he's seen cases where it's going on inside stores.

"It's going on in local stores like Walmart and Fred's where they're taking the canisters of whatever they may be wanting to huff, emptying the can out in the store, then placing it back up on the shelf. So it has become a problem," said Rachals.

Huffing has become a deadly trend. Experts say it's most popular among kids age 12 to 17. It can cause hallucinations, delusions, and even sudden cardiac death.

Those caught violating the ordinance in Lee County would be subject to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Commissioners must take a final vote at their next meeting to make the ordinance law.

Below is a list of the banned substances:

  • Automobile transmission fluids
  • Automobile transmission sletoapk fluids
  • Automobile brake fluids
  • Similar automobile fluids
  • Model glue for assembling model planes, model cars etc as that term is defined in
    OCGA91036
  • Rubber cement
  • 7 PVC cement
  • Nail polish remover
  • Correction fluid
  • Toxic marking pens
  • Pure toluene
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Air conditioning coolant Freon
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Spray paint aerosols
  • Hairspray aerosols
  • Air freshener aerosols
  • Deodorant aerosols
  • Fabric protector aerosols
  • Computer electronics cleaner aerosols
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Spot removers
  • Degreasers
  • Cooking spray
  • Whipped cream
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Butane
  • Propane
  • Helium
  • Ether
  • Chloroform
  • Halothane 

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