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Kids Warned Against Snorting Smarties Candy

Update Date: Jan 21, 2014 10:08 AM EST

Kids always end up finding new ways to get in trouble. According to several reports, children in middle school are smashing up Smarties candy in order to snort or smoke them. Even though snorting candy might be better than snorting real and illegal drugs, a school in Rhode Island had to issue a warning, informing parents of young children that snorting candy can lead to many health problems.

WRPI-TV reported that Portsmouth Middle School had to warn parents about this new phenomenon via email. In the warning letter, school officials inform parents that children who snort or smoke candy could be at risk of nasal maggot infestation, nasal scarring, lung irritation, infection or any other kinds of allergies reasons. The warning went to parents of children from fourth to eighth grade.

"Anytime you snort or inhale a substance into your lungs that is not meant to be it is definitely hazardous to your health and could have significant health consequences for individuals," said behavioral care expert Rebecca Boss according to ABC Local.

The officials believe that children are picking up this practice from YouTube videos. These videos show children since 2007 changing candies into their powdered form in order to smoke or snort them as a dare while other children spectate. School officials are unsure how this new kind of game started. Even though this "widespread phenomenon" is occurring throughout the nation, Portsmouth middle school is the only one to send warning letters to parents so far. The school has not taken any other action other than the warning letter.

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