Teens Prefer Snorting Condoms To Eating Tide Pods

Condom snorting Why people should stay away from the latest fad. Creative Commons

Condom snorting Why people should stay away from the latest fad. Creative Commons

On the heels of the Tide Pod challenge comes a very risky new craze on social media: the condom-snorting challenge.

The craze according to KABB-TV has led to health officials expressing concern, with the challenge posing serious risk of choking along with possible infection.

Of course, there is a chance that you might pull the condom right out of your mouth as you meant to.

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Despite having been round more than a decade, the so-called "Condom Challenge" is making a comeback.

A more recent report from 2016 found a woman suffered from appendicitis after she accidentally swallowed a condom during oral sex and a piece of it lodged in her appendix. 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. "As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them", Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist, told Fox 26.

Once you've watched someone inhale a condom through their nostril and pull it out of their mouth, it's a hard thing to unsee.

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Snorting condoms is a choking hazard because the rubber could potentially get caught in a person's airway and block their ability to breathe. Participants typically then post a video of the completed challenge to YouTube.

Move over Tide Pods: another idiotic challenge is gaining popularity online. In 2014, a teenager intentionally inhaled the prophylactic, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The report also cites an article from 2013, which says that one of the most alarming risks of inhaling a condom is the possibility that it goes down the wrong pipe, and end up to your lungs.

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