Cinnamon Challenge Causes Increased Number Of ER Visits

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(KTVI) – The increasingly popular cinnamon challenge has caused a spike in the number of E.R. visits and calls to U.S. poison centers. According to CBC News, the dangerous prank requires participants to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds without water.

This can cause choking, throat irritation, trouble breathing, and even a collapsed lung. In 2011 there were 51 reported calls to poison centers with problems related to the prank. That number increased dramatically to over 200 in 2012.

A study released Monday in Pediatrics reports at least 30 individuals have required medical attention after attempting the challenge. It also states that long term respiratory effects can occur.

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