Important Health Information for Parents Regarding the Candy, Smarties
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Since: Sep 09
#1 Jan 21, 2014
Just when you thought they couldn't find any dumber or weirder misuse of something.
Recently, we have experienced an unsafe, new trend among our middle school students -smoking or snorting the candy, Smarties. Our research has taught us this phenomenon is happening across the country and is the subject of many You-Tube videos.
To smoke Smarties, students crush the candies into a fine powder while it is still in its wrapper, tear off an end, pour the powder into their mouths and blow out the smoke. Some are able to put the powder into their mouths and blow it out their noses. Thus, they imitate a smoker’s exhale.
To snort Smarties, students use a straw or a rolled up piece of paper to snort the fine, crushed candy powder up into their nasal cavities. Students are also using the candy Pixie Stix in the same manner.
The “benefit” for students engaging in this practice is unknown. However, the risks,
associated with inhaling Smarties smoke or snorting Smarties, are many and include:
Cuts- if the Smarties have not been finely crushed, pieces may act like razor
blades cutting the tissue with which they come in contact.
Infection – sugar residue may remain in the nasal cavity, sinuses and/or lungs.
This residue may lead to infections, cough, wheezing, and possible respiratory
Scarring of the nasal cavity – anything snorted can lead to scarring of the nasal
passages. Also if a piece of the Smartie becomes lodged in the nasal cavity it may
need to be removed by a specialist.
Irritation of the lungs – smoking or snorting Smarties can lead to a smoker’s
cough which can cause laryngospasms causing the voice box to spasm or close.
Allergic reaction – if the child is allergic to sugar snorting or smoking Smarties
can lead to an immediate allergic reaction which untreated may lead to respiratory
arrest and death.
Possible Maggots – Dr. Oren Friedman, a Mayo Clinic nose specialist, has
cautioned that frequent snorting could even rarely lead to maggots feeding on the
sugary dust wedged inside the nose.
Precursor to future cigarette smoking and drug use – although there is no
addictive piece to Smarties, the concern is this behavior will lead to cigarette
smoking or snorting of drugs.
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