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Responsible sale of solvents - A Retailer's Kit


Solvent abuse can be a serious problem. Solvent abuse (or 'chroming') involves the inhalation of solvents (such as spray paints, gas lighter refills, thinners, petrol or glues) for the purpose of getting high. Sniffing solvents is not only harmful to mental and physical health, it is also potentially fatal.

Retailers have a responsibility under legislation to act responsibly with regard to the sale of solvents. The following tools have been developed by the in partnership with retailers to assist them in selling solvents responsibly.

For more information or to order copies of the kit, contact Policy, Planning and Strategy Branch by email:

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