The Laurie Planning and Zoning Commission may soon weigh in on the dangerous, potentially fatal “huffing” epidemic that is plaguing communities nationwide. The co-owner of American Heating and Cooling attended the commission’s meeting this week to request the city adopt a change to building codes that would require new air conditioning and heating units to have a special locking cap to prohibit access to freon for “huffing.” “Huffing” refers to the inhalation of refrigerant and other dangerous chemicals to achieve feelings of intoxication and euphoria. “Huffing” has been on the rise over the past few years mainly among pre-teens and teenagers due to easy accessibility. It was reported to the commission that several communities have already adopted the 2012 mechanical code with this provision in it, but many have not been stringently enforcing it. Planning and Zoning Chairman Rick Purdon said the commission will investigate the request and make a recommendation to the board.