Condom snorting is the latest viral challenge for teens

Ray Weaver
April 3, 2018

Newsweek reports that like most other Internet challenges this is not exactly new, "but rather a resurgence of something bored teens have been doing for years".

He also points to a 2004 report published in The Indian Journal of Chest Disease & Allied Sciences, which documents the case of a woman who accidentally inhaled a condom during oral sex which led to pneumonia and partial lung collapse.

For some, yes. That's why health experts are warning parents about such social media challenges.

Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist in the US, where the craze started, told KPMH: "These days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers".

In San Antonio, Texas, parents have reportedly started to attend classes about the condom-snorting challenge and other risky social media trends. A condom, comprised of latex, rubber and covered in spermicide, can damage the inner lining of the nose.

"Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful". Bruce Y. Lee, an associate professor of global health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, penned an article for Forbes citing examples of fairly serious injuries sustained by people who accidentally inhaled or ingested condoms during oral sex.

Where would one see such a thing, you might ask?

Google Trends shows a sharp spike in the search term "condom snorting" in late March, with a hundred searches in the past week.

Many of these challenges are done for likes, clicks, shares, and attention.

It's called the condom snorting challenge.

Some past video challenges, such as the "ice-bucket challenge", have helped raise money for charity, but others, such as "bath salt challenge" can be unsafe, The Washington Post reported. That stunt, dubbed "The Tide Pod Challenge", resulted in poison centers reporting 142 incidents just in January, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

According to CBS Affiliate KHOU, viral videos on YouTube have been circulating and shared thousands of times, showing teenagers and young adults "snorting condoms".

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