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Solvent abuse itself is not illegal, as many of the products used during solvent abuse are normal household objects. However, it is illegal for a shopkeeper, or anyone else, to sell any substance that will, or its fumes if inhaled will, cause intoxication to a person under the age of eighteen. Similarly, it is illegal to sell to anyone he believes is acting on behalf of a person under eighteen years of age.

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