REXONA deodorant products have been taken off the shelves at Mount Isa Coles and Woolworths stores in an effort to reduce chroming.
After numerous discussions between Young People Ahead and the supermarket chains in the past few months, the issue of young people sniffing that particular brand was identified and responded to.
Both stores placed a sign where the product would normally be kept to say customers could buy the item from the service desk instead of the shelves, where it was open to theft.
YPA volatile substance misuse co-ordinator Liz Toeke said any policy that made obtaining misused substances more difficult for children was a positive step.
``It has definitely helped, making it harder for them to obtain substances such as deodorant,'' she said.
``Unfortunately, it will create a demand for other substances, but gives time for services to proactively work with young people before the uptake of further usage.''
Woolworths public relations said the policy was enforced in the city because of the issue locally, and such policies were decided depending on the individual community in which the store operated.
Ms Toeke said she had held discussions with other retailers as well as the Queensland Police Service, which was a positive indication the community was beginning to get involved with volatile substance misuse prevention instead of just youth service agencies.
``It's good for us that local businesses are starting to come on board and recognise they are part of the solution as well; they have the opportunity to get involved and acknowledge the part they can play in the community,'' she said.