Teens asked not to try dangerous "cinnamon challenge," which has become a YouTube fad

The Associated Press (AP), via Philstar.com, reveals that a report published in the online journal, Pediatrics, claimed that at least 30 U.S. teens needed medical attention after taking the so-called "cinnamon challenge."

The Associated Press (AP), via Philstar.com, reveals that a report published in the online journal, Pediatrics, claimed that at least 30 U.S. teens needed medical attention after taking the so-called "cinnamon challenge." The report explained that this referred to "a dangerous prank depicted in popular YouTube videos, which involves daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water."

 

The report cautioned: "*Cinnamon) is caustic, and trying to gulp it down can cause choking, throat irritation, breathing trouble, and even collapsed lungs." The report, citing data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, also revealed that the number of poison control center calls about U.S. teens doing the prank ’has increased dramatically,’ from 51 in 2011 to 222 in 2012."

 

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