Adil Ray questions government's laughing gas ban

The broadcaster compared the substance to alcohol misuse

Adil Ray poses for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Whats Love Got To Do With It' in London, Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Adil Ray poses for photographers at the premiere of Whats Love Got To Do With It, 2023. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

TV presenter Adil Ray has had his say on the government's controversial proposals to ban laughing gas cannisters.

The drug, which gives the user a short high has been at the centre of the government's bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour, though critics of the policy say the ban will allow criminal gangs to capitalise on the demand for the gas.

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The Citizen Khan star and creator commented on the proposed ban on Twitter, saying: "How many people have suffered anti social behaviour from someone on laughing gas, than say, someone drunk from alcohol?"

Adil Ray is the host of Lingo. (ITV)
Adil Ray compared the laughing gas ban to the availability of alcohol. (ITV)

Under reforms proposed by prime minister Rishi Sunak, the sale of laughing gas will be banned with the police given greater drug testing powers.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs had previously argued against a ban, saying it was disproportionate compared to the level of harm laughing gas proposes.

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The ACMD report said: “No single recommendation on its own is likely to be sufficient to successfully reduce the harms associated with nitrous oxide use."

Labour also supported the Conservative government's plan to ban laughing gas despite the overwhelming amount of critics of the policy that say it will do nothing but criminalise young people.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, leaves BBC Broadcasting House after his appearance on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg on March 26, 2023 in London, England. The weekly interview show features politicians and other newsmakers in conversation with the BBC's former political editor. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
Michael Gove outlined the government's plan to ban laughing gas. (Getty Images) (Hollie Adams via Getty Images)

Appearing on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, Michael Gove outlined the reasoning behind the policy: "We are doing this because if you walk through any urban park you will see these little silver cannister which are the evidence of people regarding public spaces as arenas for drug taking. It is unacceptable. People should feel those spaces are being looked after in a way which means they are safe for children."

Some of the potentially negative side effects of inhaling laughing gas include vitamin deficiency, headaches and nerve related problems.

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