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Letter: The Cinnamon Challenge: A Risk worth Taking?

Matthew Frank Kot for local2 sault ste. marie
February 2nd, 2012 at 10:19am

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CINNAMON CHALLENGEThe cinnamon challenge. A publicity stunt that can earn thousands of views on youtube or several "likes" on Facebook. More or less people try it just for attention. The task to many is simple: Swallow one spoonful of ground cinnamon and try to swallow it within a minute. Here's the catch. You can't drink anything. And here's where the dangerous part comes in. Cinnamon dries out your mouth, making it extremely hard to swallow, because of the lack of saliva, or spit. So this cinnamon can actually end up choking the person that tries it. Most people usually end up vomiting or puffing out cinnamon powder and making it look like a plume of cinnamon coloured smoke coming out of your mouth. And vomiting, according to studies, can cause heart and chest problems to boot. Another health risk is obviously people with asthma. The cinnamon has a chance of getting into the lungs and that could do damage.

People for some odd reason think this is a fun game. People who party on Friday night tend to have that feeling that they can survive anything, and that's when dumb acts, such as the cinnamon challenge, take place. People do this while they are intoxicated, and intoxication makes things even worse. Students even tried this at a school in New Haven, Connecticut. One of the students seen the video, brought a bag of cinnamon to school, and several kids, elementary school kids, attempted the cinnamon challenge. To add to the horror, the principal of that school, she watched the children do this and did absolutely nothing about it. After a letter from a few outraged parents, the principal was indeed put on administrative leave. Another school in Pennsylvania actually banned cinnamon because of this new and dangerous fad.

Cinnamon is a good food. In small doses, it is known to help control blood sugar. The cinnamon challenge is ridiculous, and I think if parents were to see these videos, they would start hiding the cinnamon where the young ones can't touch it. Social media influences what children do or don't do. The old saying is "Monkey see, monkey do". Don't let your children do the cinnamon challenge. It is extremely rare for someone to complete this challenge and swallow the cinnamon. To people who want to learn more about the cinnamon challenge, here's the official website:cinnamonchallenge.com


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