Is the Cinnamon Challenge Dangerous?


Have you heard of the “Cinnamon Challenge”? The bizarre and virally popular internet trend dares individuals to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon, without water, in under 60 seconds.

Search YouTube for the “Cinnamon Challenge” and you’ll find thousands of videos of daredevils choking, coughing and spitting in attempts to complete what they think is just a harmless game. But before you start laughing too much at the hilarity of the videos, you might want to know that there are some serious health risks associated with the popular challenge.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers says that the number of reported calls of teenagers who completed the prank jumped from 51 in 2011 to 222 in 2012.

16-year-old Dejah Reed advocates against the challenge after it sent her to the hospital for four days. The challenge poses more of a threat than teens may have in mind.

The video below shares the inside scoop of some of the health hazards that accompany the Cinnamon Challenge, and why it’s no laughing matter.

In addition to inflammation and scarring of the lungs, find out about the other dangers of the cinnamon challenge.

Information in this blog post originally appeared on ABC Health blog on March 9, 2012.

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Is the Cinnamon Challenge Dangerous?