Joining the list of ill-advised challenges that kids and teens are taking on is the cinnamon challenge. The goal is to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon without the aide of water, and young adults are flocking to the internet in droves to post videos of themselves attempting the feat.
While it may sound harmless enough, the truth is that this quest for YouTube fame and bragging rights is actually landing some kids in the hospital. In fact, last year alone saw over 200 calls to poison control centers across the country for incidents related to the intentional misuse or abuse of cinnamon by teens.
Here’s why the cinnamon challenge is dangerous and should not be attempted:
- The cinnamon coats the mouth and lungs immediately, causing choking, throat irritation, gagging, vomiting, and coughing.
- Breathing in the cinnamon can cause damage to the lungs and pneumonia.
- People with asthma or other respiratory issues face an even greater risk of lung damage from inhaling the cinnamon.
Parents should supervise their kids’ internet activity, as most teens are recording their attempts at the cinnamon challenge to share on YouTube and other social media channels. It’s also important to speak to your kids directly about the dangers of the cinnamon challenge. Many kids don’t know that this seemingly fun activity could actually cause serious and long-term negative effects to their health.
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Sources: aapcc.org and npr.org