Dangers of the 'Cinnamon Challenge' continue to make news
The story about a Huron High School student hospitalized after trying the so-called "Cinnamon Challenge" continues to make news.
The Cinnamon Challenge, which involves trying to swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon in less than 60 seconds without drinking anything, is a viral Internet sensation, but health experts say it can be dangerous.
The Wall Street Journal article, which notes 30,000 videos tagged "cinnamon challenge" have been uploaded to YouTube, quoted Williams warning about the dangers to teens.
Human salivary glands cannot produce enough saliva to properly swallow the spice without the aid of liquids, health experts warn. Trying to swallow the cinnamon can cause cause coughing, choking, vomiting and hypoxia, Williams warned in his e-mail. The cinnamon can be aspirated into the lungs and cause pneumonia, he wrote.