Apr 22, 2013 4:28 AM by Lacey Steele

Doctors send out warning about the cinnamon challenge

Do not take the cinnamon challenge.

That's the advice from doctors in a new report about a dangerous prank depicted in popular YouTube videos.

It's led to hospitalizations and a surge in calls to U.S. poison centers.

The fad involves daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water, but the spice is caustic which could cause choking, throat irritation, breathing trouble and even collapsed lungs.

Thirty teens nationwide needed medical attention after taking the challenge last year.


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