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"Cinnamon Challenge" Dangerous For Teens

Last updated on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

(UNDATED) - According to the Indiana Poison Center, teens have created a game called “cinnamon challenge.”

A teen is dared to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon without consuming any liquid. The cinnamon coats and dries the mouth and throat, causing gagging, vomiting, coughing, choking and throat irritation.

It is especially hard on teens with asthma or other respiratory conditions, putting them at greater risk for respiratory distress, shortness of breath and trouble breathing.

The "game" is growing in popularity across the United States. In 2011, poison centers received 51 calls about exposure to cinnamon. Those numbers have increased to 139 calls in just the first three months of 2012.

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