It starts in elementary school, a way to “do drugs” while not actually doing drugs. It’s a substitute for smoking tobacco or cigarettes. What is it? It’s SMOKING SMARTIES!
Children and teens think it’s fun to do this because they think they are getting the experience of smoking without the danger of cigarettes. Even though smoking Smarties may be a fun thing to do with your Smarties candy, it can cause harm to you and your body.
The ingredients in Smarties are dextrose, citric acid (used as a flavor enhancer), corn syrup solids, artificial favors, maltodextrine (a food additive), and calcium stearate (C36H70CaO4). According to Wikipedia, calcium stearate is a white, waxy powder that is the main component of soap scum. It is used in the Smarties as a flow agent.
Some teens just don’t smoke Smarties, they also snort them! This is what causes infections in the lungs. The danger caused by smoking or snorting Smarties is that the particles from the tablets can be inhaled into the nose, lungs or any other respiratory body part.
According to Oren Friedman, a nose, head, and neck specialist at the Mayo Clinic, “Frequent use could lead to infections or worse, albeit rare, conditions such as maggots that feed on the sugary dust wedged in the nose.” Freidman did a two-month study about how kids get a higher risk of maggots in their nose by how many times they have smoked Smarties. He discovered that you can get cuts in the throat from not fully crushed bits of Smarties, as well as infection, allergic reaction, and bad breath.
In a survey of 131, 7th grade students at Farnsley Middle School (Louisville, KY) we found that 59 students or 45% said they do or have smoked Smarties.
“Well, the results are surprising to me,” says 6th grade at Farnsley Middle School Assistant Principal Clarence Glover. “I would’ve thought that more kids would’ve said that they do smoke Smarties than don’t, because it was very common for students to say that they have been smoking Smarties.”
A student at Farnsley Middle School said that he knows a lot of people who smoke Smarties. He thought it was cool, because it made you look like you were smoking. He started smoking Smarties in elementary school, because another kid showed him how!
Smoking Smarties is not the only fad going around. Here are some other things that teens are interested in and may be harmful to their health (you can even find all of these challenges on YouTube): Sniffing Pixie Sticks, Sniffing Kool-Aide mixed with vodka or any other kind of alcohol, and drinking Gummy Bears soaked in alcohol. Kasey Hottinger & Atorian Hunter
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