Doctors Warn Against Cinnamon Challenge
Taking part in the Cinnamon Challenge, a popular trend that surfaced around 2009, is now said to carry fatal health risks.
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To compete in the challenge, a participant must try to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon with no water. It’s not an easy task since cinnamon powder can irritate nasal passages if inhaled. It also contains cellulose, a substance that can seriously damage the lungs.
There are thousands of videos on YouTube that show teens and adults coughing and often vomiting after failing to complete the challenge. Health risks of participating in this trend include throat irritation, trouble breathing, and can even result in collapsed lungs.
Reports show that people are being rushed to emergency rooms and making calls to poison control centers in growing numbers as a result of partaking in the Cinnamon Challenge, according to the New York Times, which states that:
In 2011, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 51 calls related to the cinnamon challenge. Then, in the first six months of 2012, the number of calls rose to 178. Thirty of those incidents were serious enough to require medical attention.
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