EIGA Position Paper 24/19 – Abuse of gases
EIGA members have recently seen an increase of reports and presentations in television programmes and other media demonstrating different effects of inert gases like Helium, Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas), Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) and more. In these cases the use of the gas can only be described as substance abuse.
The media reports generally trivialise the effects of inhaling gases such as helium to achieve a very high-pitched voice. EIGA members and emergency services are aware of several accidents and fatalities as a result of the abuse of gases.
EIGA strongly disapproves of the use of gases on the human body without medical surveillance and, in particular, disapproves the inhalation of any gases, except those when prescribed and used as medicines, or when specifically produced, sold and used for breathing applications such as diving, etc.
EIGA recommends its members or their National Associations to contact and inform any media or party involved in these presentations.
10 December 2019