Snorting smarties candy is said to be the latest dangerous trend kids have come up with, but some people seem to think it’s a rare event that is being overhyped.
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YouTube videos showing the practice apparently started the trend and now parents are worried. Some school districts have been sending home notes warning parents about the dangers posed by snorting smarties candy and snorting substances in general. Apparently, snorting smarties’ side effect include nasal maggot infestation, nasal scarring, allergic reactions, lung irritation or infection.
In the worst case scenario, snorting smarties is claimed to be capable of producing an “immediate allergic reaction which untreated may lead to respiratory arrest and death.” Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gail Burstein confirms this is a real possibility and not a hoax intended to scare people:
“If the Smarties do end up getting into the lung, then that can also cause infection. It is an irritant; it can cause wheezing and maybe chronic cough and asthma and sinus complications. And, ultimately, if someone is allergic to sugar or the contents of Smarties, then they could end up having an anaphylactic reaction and dying.”
What’s even more rare is when frequent snorting causes maggots to go after the sugars wedged into the nasal cavities. There’s also fears that the smarties candies may be a gateway drug that leads to snorting actual banned substances, smoking cigarettes, or smoking weed.
Lyn Wooten, who has a child at one of these schools, is looking at these candies a little bit differently now:
“It used to be one of the candies I used to get in my Halloween bag. It goes to show you how something so innocent can turn into something unpleasant. It’s sad really.”
Unfortunately, the danger posed by prescription drugs is said to be a larger danger than kids snorting candy. So-called skittles parties are where a bowl of is filled with mixed pills of various colors, hence the name. Besides snorting smarties candy, kids are apparently trying out snorting fun dip and snorting pixie sticks. I don’t know about you but considering how sharp the taste is on the tongue I doubt that’s much of a fun experience. And it’s not like any of this is a new trend. Some of the YouTube videos showing kids snorting smarties date all the way back to 2007.
Some websites like Gawker are downplaying the danger of kids snorting smarties candy, claiming it’s a “new fake trend.” What do you think?