Huffing Spray Paint, Canned Paint and Other Inhalants
What is Huffing?
Huffing is a term used to describe the behavior of inhaling the fumes of many household products in order to get high. Aerosol cans, such as computer dusters like Dust-Off, spray paint, paint thinner, canned paint, glue or markers are among the many different products that people inhale to get high. It’s a dangerous practice that has many risks of serious side effects and damage to the body, both short-term and long-term.
There are a few different ways that people use these products to get high. Sniffing is the act of spraying or inhaling the fumes of products directly from their containers. Huffing means using a rag or other piece of cloth material, soaking it in the substance and then holding it over one’s mouth and nose and breathing it in. Bagging refers to filling a plastic bag with paint or other materials and inhaling it from the container, either by holding the open end of the bag up to one’s face or actually putting the entire bag over one’s head.
Most people learn how to huff paint and other products during their adolescent or teen years. Teenagers usually learn about how to huff paint from their friends or by watching videos on Facebook, YouTube or other social media outlets. It has become more and more common to watch videos of friends filming each other huffing paint and other inhalants. The laughter and encouragement of peers is typically heard in the background. Some young people are interested in experimenting with drugs, and when they learn how to huff they may start with various products that are available in the home.
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