LANSING (WWJ) – The state House has overwhelmingly passed a bi-partisan proposal to ban the sale of “whip-its” to minors.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports this isn’t about the popular dog breed, but about whip-it chargers, which are small metal cartridges full of nitrous oxide — so named due to their use in whipped cream canisters.

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Some of the thousands of empty canisters of nitrous oxide collected at the end of a music festival are seen on October 14, 2015 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

“According to Detroit and suburban lawmakers, what kids are doing is they’re snorting this stuff, and it can cause brain damage,” Skubick said. “Now, they’re perfectly legal; they’re on the market, you can buy at your local gas station, your local liquor store.”

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The legislation, which passed 104 to 3, was sponsored by Rep. Joseph Bellino (R-Monroe) along with Rep. Stephanie Chang, who found multiple cartridges outside her campaign office and wondered what they were.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a “whip-it” container is the inhalant of choice among more than 12 million users in the U.S.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say inhaling nitrous oxide causes a sense of euphoria that lasts about 15 to 45 minutes; and the high can be prolonged by continued use.

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Most inhalant users report starting using before age 15, as inhalants are often the easiest options for children seeking to use drugs. For many kids, inhalants provide a cheap and accessible alternative to alcohol or marijuana. [Learn more about inhalant abuse here].