It's hard to step outside without coming across a little silver canister these days, but that might soon be in the past as the government is set to announce a ban on laughing gas.
Too much nitrous oxide can make you faint, lose consciousness, or suffocate, according to FRANK, and people have shared horror stories about their experiences after using the drug.
Under existing law, the production, supply and importation of nitrous oxide for its psychoactive effects is illegal, though possession, apart from in custodial setting, is not.
However, the government is now looking to crack down on the use of NOS as part of a wider attempt to eradicate antisocial behaviour.
In plans set to be announced by Michael Gove next week, the government will target public drug use, fly-tipping and lower-level crimes like graffiti with a strategy dubbed 'hotspot' policing.
Home secretary Suella Braverman is expected to make changes to the existing drug misuse laws which will allow law enforcement to prosecute people who are found in possession of nitrous oxide gas in public.
Only those who have a legitimate reason to have the gas, for example for the use of food preparation or medical reasons, will be exempt from prosecution, though there are also set to be new restrictions imposed on the size and volume that people are allowed to purchase.
The ban on the possession of laughing gas forms part of the new plan in an effort to address growing concerns about both its impact on health, and the mess that its metal canisters cause on the streets of the UK.
As well as the changing rules on nitrous oxide, the government could give police powers to carry out drug tests on the spot on the street for the first time, and expand on instances of criminals being tested for drugs after their arrest.
Those who are found to be in possession of or under the influence of illegal drugs would be reportedly first be directed to addiction treatment and other support, though if they refuse help they would be required to attend a drugs awareness course.
Those who are found to be engaging in antisocial behaviour like fly-tipping and graffiti will be hit with 'short and sharp' punishments, The Times reports, such as requirements to clean up and repair any damage they've caused within 48 hours of committing the offence.