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Two Thai teenagers arrested for selling 'funny air' in balloons

Published on Aug 22, 2013 4:57 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Two Thai teenagers have discovered laughter isn't always the best medicine after they were arrested for selling balloons containing "funny air" - or laughing gas - to tourists.

The pair, aged 17 and 19, were charged on Wednesday with trafficking in controlled substances, punishable by a maximum five-year jail term, after allegedly selling balloons containing nitrous oxide in the tourist resort of Pattaya.

The gas, known locally as funny air but more commonly referred to as laughing gas, induces euphoria and laughter when inhaled.

It has several legitimate uses, including numbing pain during medical procedures such as dentistry.

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