MDs warn cinnamon challenge can cause collapsed lungs MDs warn that the cinnamon challenge, so popular on YouTube, can cause throat irritation, breathing trouble and, ultimately, collapsed lungs. According to the Associated Press, more and more teenagers take the dangerous challenge.

If you aren’t familiarized with the cinnamon challenge, which is so widely depicted on YouTube, here’s what it is all about: in 60 seconds max, you have to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon and this, without drinking any water. The popular spice is caustic and, according to doctors, it can cause serious damage to your throat, and lungs. Up to now, several adolescents have been admitted to the hospital following the dangerous dare. The effects can range from choking to throat irritation, breathing trouble and even collapsed lungs.

Between 2011 and 2012, over 270 teenagers have done the prank, with the number increasing over four times in2012, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reports. “People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are at greater risk of having this result in shortness of breath and trouble breathing”, the association warns.

16-year-old Dejah Reed confesses she took the cinnamon challenge four times until now. The last time has been this year in February, when a friend did not want to try it alone. She recalls she was laughing very hard and she coughed, spreading the orange dust, also referred to as “dragon breath”, in the air. She automatically inhaled it. “I couldn’t breathe”, he remembers. When her father arrived at home, soon after the challenge, he was terrified to see his daughter “a pale bluish color”. He took her to the nearest ER and Dejah spent four days in hospital. Now she has asthma and cannot get out of the house without an inhaler.