The Cinnamon Challenge” is a rising trend, especially amongst teenagers, which may lead to serious life-altering consequences. The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics published an article today regarding the dangerous effects of ingesting a spoonful of dry cinnamon powder. In 2011, U.S. poison control centers reported 51 cases related to the challenge and 122 calls linked to the “abuse and misuse” of cinnamon. As many teens flaunt their encounter with the spice on social media websites, physicians report that a growing number of individuals are admitted to the emergency department with inflamed or collapsed lungs. Ingesting dry cinnamon powder can lead to burn and irritation of the mucous membranes that line the digestive and respiratory tracts, eventually progressing to aspiration pneumonia. Physicians want to bring this issue to the public’s attention and limit the number of cases in the future. What are your thoughts on this rising trend?  Have you encountered any cases of the “cinnamon challenge”?

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