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'Cinnamon Challenge' is dangerous

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A new study in the journal Pediatrics reports dozens of teens needed emergency care in 2012 after attempting the "Cinnamon Challenge." A new study in the journal Pediatrics reports dozens of teens needed emergency care in 2012 after attempting the "Cinnamon Challenge."
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Last year the "Cinnamon Challenge" went viral with more than 50,000 videos on YouTube depicting coughing teens trying to eat a spoonful of the spice. But the stunt can be dangerous especially if cinnamon is inhaled.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics reports dozens of teens needed emergency care in 2012 after attempting the "Cinnamon Challenge," arriving at the E-R with trouble breathing or having choked on cinnamon.

Some had to be hospitalized with collapsed lungs.

There were also nearly 200 calls to poison control centers related to the challenge.

While the fad is fading, researchers say there are still videos of teens attempting the challenge posting every day and doctors and parents should tell the teens the dangers.

The study is published in the journal Pediatrics and conducted at the University of Miami. 

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