Parents Be Aware of the "Cinnamon Challenge" | Fad Lands Teens in the Hospital

The challenge, which involves swallowing a spoonful of ground cinnamon in less than 60 seconds without drinking anything, has landed many in hospital with problems as severe as collapsed lungs. Thousands of videos have made their way to YouTube of teens attempting to take the challenge. Perhaps amusing to on-lookers, this fad can be very dangerous or even deadly. Cinnamon is made from tree bark and contains cellulose fibres that don't break down easily.

A report published online on Monday says the stunt may leave a person with scarred tissue, common in lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis. The report will also be published in an article in the May edition of the Pediatrics Health Journal.

The cinnamon challenge continues to be active, with Twitter mentions peaking at nearly 70,000 per day in January 2012. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the number of calls to poison control centres about teens doing the prank "has increased dramatically," from 51 in 2011 to 222 last year.

If your house is full of teenagers, be on guard. Though it may sound funny, keep track of your cinnamon--It could save your child's health or life.

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