The mind of teenagers is full of curiosity, which is why very often they are seen indulging n foolish activities and trying audacious things. If the parents thought the biggest worry for them regarding their teens were smoking or drinking, then they would have to rethink.
There has been a sudden increase of poisoning cases in the first three months of 2012. The nation's poison center have received nearly 140 calls which is almost three times as many as were received in all of 2011. Most of these calls are regarding misuse of cinnamon. This would be strange as cinnamon is not considered that dangerous and used commonly in food.
But teenagers have given it a new twist with something called the "cinnamon challenge". It is a game in which a person is dared to swallow a spoonful of ground or powdered cinnamon without drinking any water. As cinnamon leads to drying of mouth and throat, thereafter coughing, gagging and even vomiting ensue. This can also lead to throat irritation, breathing difficulties and risk of pneumonia.
According to the MD of Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Dr. Alvin C. Bronstein, The teenagers who suffer from asthma are at a very high risk as after consuming cinnamon in such high quantities they can develop shortness of breath. He added, "We urge parents and caregivers to talk to their teens about the cinnamon challenge, explaining to them that what may seem like a silly game can have serious health consequences".
No one can predict what a simple game can lead to and due to the fact that teenager would try anything without thinking about the repercussion it is really important for the parents to keep an eye on them so that they don't do something drastic that could eventually be hazardous.