It starts in elementary school, a way to “do drugs” while not actually doing drugs. It’s a substitute for smoking tobacco or cigarettes. What is it? It’s SMOKING SMARTIES!

Children and teens think it’s fun to do this because they think they are getting the experience of smoking without the danger of cigarettes. Even though smoking Smarties may be a fun thing to do with your Smarties candy, it can cause harm to you and your body.

The ingredients in Smarties are dextrose, citric acid (used as a flavor enhancer), corn syrup solids, artificial favors, maltodextrine (a food additive), and calcium stearate (C36H70CaO4). According to Wikipedia, calcium stearate is a white, waxy powder that is the main component of soap scum.  It is used in the Smarties as a flow agent.

Some teens just don’t smoke Smarties, they also snort them! This is what causes infections in the lungs. The danger caused by smoking or snorting Smarties is that the particles from the tablets can be inhaled into the nose, lungs or any other respiratory body part.

According to Oren Friedman, a nose, head, and neck specialist at the Mayo Clinic, “Frequent use could lead to infections or worse, albeit rare, conditions such as maggots that feed on the sugary dust wedged in the nose.” Freidman did a two-month study about how kids get a higher risk of maggots in their nose by how many times they have smoked Smarties. He discovered that you can get cuts in the throat from not fully crushed bits of Smarties, as well as infection, allergic reaction, and bad breath.

In a survey of 131, 7th grade students at Farnsley Middle School (Louisville, KY) we found that 59 students or 45% said they do or have smoked Smarties.

“Well, the results are surprising to me,” says 6th grade at Farnsley Middle School Assistant Principal Clarence Glover. “I would’ve thought that more kids would’ve said that they do smoke Smarties than don’t, because it was very common for students to say that they have been smoking Smarties.”

A student at Farnsley Middle School said that he knows a lot of people who smoke Smarties. He thought it was cool, because it made you look like you were smoking. He started smoking Smarties in elementary school, because another kid showed him how!

Smoking Smarties is not the only fad going around. Here are some other things that teens are interested in and may be harmful to their health (you can even find all of these challenges on YouTube): Sniffing Pixie Sticks, Sniffing Kool-Aide mixed with vodka or any other kind of alcohol, and drinking Gummy Bears soaked in alcohol. Kasey Hottinger & Atorian Hunter                                                                                                                                                     

 

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Guest Babyysofia says:
2015-Nov-23 11:07
 
 
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What if you smoke smarties but you don't inhale it all the way to your lungs can you still get maggots or any other desise of infection ?ð???
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Guest cole says:
2015-Nov-13 20:43
 
 
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I have a problem with all this it's so bad to smoke smarties stuff. People are doing this to look cool that's all. All the people do is put power in there mouth and a small cloud appears. People are not in hailing the stuff they just suck it in to there mouths. Now on the other hand people do snort dust this i also have a problem with. people should not snort smarties because it dose go in to there lungs and can cause infection. signed a fan of smartie smokers
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Guest deez nuts says:
2015-Nov-13 08:06
 
 
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"Smoking" smarties isnt bad. Now people do inhale it and then it becomes a bad habbit. But if u suck it in through your mouth and letting it sit there then breathing it out(from your mouth never entering your lungs then its not harmfull. The storys you hear is people actually breath it there b lungs so say what you will. Good night folks
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Guest step says:
2015-Nov-04 07:56
 
 
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This shows good stuff what can happen when you smoke smarties but if you smoke smarties you can diary sweat
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Guest Cassie says:
2015-Oct-31 22:25
 
 
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I've smoked smarties until about 3 weeks go I've only smoked smarties once I stopes as soon as I found out what could happen! I didn't realize WHAT could be the effects!wah
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Guest Hydroshad says:
2015-Oct-22 16:42
 
 
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Wow... All those kids thinking your cool, just wait until your in the hospitalsweat
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Guest Unknown says:
2015-May-20 20:02
 
 
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I smoke smarties and I would like to know how many until the maggots form and how they get in sweatwuwucriedwhy
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Guest Jason says:
2015-Apr-18 03:12
 
 
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I used to smoke smarties but I never thought I would get caught at school I haven't done it ever since then because I learned what it does to your body my principal told me she had a talk about it with me so did my parents ppl stop smoking smarties I learned the hard way
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Guest hi says:
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smoking smarties is fun:@@
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Guest Emily says:
2014-Dec-08 15:59
 
 
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ha wow! I SMOKE SMARTIES SO I MUST BE COOL! OMG GUYS LOOK AT ME INHALING CANDY! I REALLY AM A BAD ASS FOR SMOKING SMARTIES!!! if u do smoke smarties, it is not only hurting u but it makes u look stupid! Just think if ur friends do it let them look stupid, dont do it with them! Peir pressure can cause seriouse problems so please just say NO to any type of peer pressure exspeacialy drugs and alchohol! STAY SAFEgood
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Guest madelyn Good says:
2015-Mar-04 17:23
 
 
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wah you do know that u can get maggots from that they WILL get into your lungs!
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