Don’t Swallow Cinnamon & Don’t Snort Condoms

“I dare you to eat a spoonful of cinnamon.” These words are surprisingly familiar among teens.

Thousands of people have agreed to try — and videotape — this infamous dare;  a search on YouTube for “cinnamon challenge” yields 775,000 results.

For anyone who hasn’t witnessed the fad, eating a spoonful of cinnamon is a nearly impossible task. Most of the videos show a predictable outcome, which includes coughing, gasping, spitting and reaching for water.

But what seems like a harmless prank is getting a dangerous “do not attempt” stamp from many health officials. Cinnamon challengers face a number of risks, including choking, chest pain, and even permanent lung damage. Dejah Reed–a 16-year-old freshman, was hospitalized with a collapsed lung and pneumonia after attempting the “cinnamon challenge.” Ever since, she’s been sending a strong message to teens and college students: “Don’t take the cinnamon challenge.”

Between 2011 and 2012 phone calls to poison control related to cinnamon misuse more than tripled–shooting from just 51 to 178.

Take Dejah’s advice, and do not attempt this one at home. And in case you’re curious about the next YouTube fad on the horizon — some videos suggest it will be snorting condoms — don’t try that one either.


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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Anne K.
Anne K3 years ago

Thank you!

June Bostock
June Bostock3 years ago


Kirsten Vines
Past Member 3 years ago

I eat a teaspoonful of cinnamon daily, as is, because of the health benefits. I don't do it for a dare and I don't proceed to eat in all in one go, I just have some water in my mouth ready and I will suck it off the spoon (gross as that sounds XD)

Condom snorting?? Never heard of it. I would hope the people in my grade wouldn't be so stupid. I can only imagine what that would involve and how easy it would be to choke, even if just considering the physical size of a piece of balloon like rubber compared to small powder granules.

PrimaAWAY B.
PrimaAWAY B3 years ago

This challenge is so stupid and yet so many continue to do it. I was somewhere last night and I watched this done while the person was streasming live. Someone challenged the person and he tried. This with common sense is so stupid. Young people do this and I have personally watched many in their late 30's early 40's also doing this. What's up with that?? really stupid people.

Thanks for posting....

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez3 years ago

stupid ideas from stupid people who have nothing better to do.

Ernie Miller
william Miller3 years ago


Helen Wu
Helen Wu3 years ago


Karen H.
Karen H3 years ago

I've heard (& seen videos) of both these challenges. They're stupid, but kids will be kids. "It can't happen to ME!" Until it does.