12 On Your Side: Local doctors warning about 'Cinnamon Challenge'

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, March 16, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Local doctors are warning parents about the "Cinnamon Challenge."

The "Cinnamon Challenge" is a viral challenge where people try to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon within 60 seconds.

"The problem with the 'Cinnamon Challenge' is there is a lot of risks as far as health hazards," said Dr. Jennifer Ligon of Pediatric Partners of Augusta.

Ligon said cinnamon does not dissolve in water, thus it will not dissolve in your mouth. She warned the cinnamon often goes into the lungs, which results in coughing and vomiting.

There are reports of teens and adults going to the hospital and being put on ventilators after attempting the "Cinnamon Challenge."

Ligon said the results could be life threatening for those who are asthmatic.

"I know as a teen I tried many many different things just to be cool and to be part of the group, but as Mary said, I don't think kids understand the ramifications and what could possibly happen when they do this," said Gretchen Daly, who said she is warning her young children about dares like the "Cinnamon Challenge."

Ligon said she doesn't think most people realize how dangerous it is.

"Save your cinnamon for your toast and Big Red gum," she said.

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