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 assiatou says:
2014-May-23 09:33
 
 
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I tottaly agree because all my friends do it! ha to all the people who did it!
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Guest Emma L. says:
2014-Apr-17 17:33
 
 
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Okay I admit it I have smoked before and I have inhaled it (not through the nose) and I did think its cool but now these people are idiots because smoking now if you do it without it getting in your lungs then yea but snorting, idiots that's what I'm saying because it's gonna kill you and my friend told me that I should stop and that she doesn't want a dead best friend so save your lives you s*&^ heads
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2014-Apr-04 08:45
 
 
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smile never
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Guest Nikki A. says:
2014-Mar-10 15:27
 
 
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shyhuh
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Guest Giggity says:
2013-Nov-16 10:11
 
 
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If you are dumb enough to actually inhal the smartie poweder well... lets just say you shouldnt do that and ou arnt supposed to snort the powder either you are only supposed to suck it in with your mouth so it doesnt irritate your throat or lungs.
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Guest HELLO says:
2013-Dec-12 14:58
 
 
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WELL YEA SMARTIES ARE GOOD BUT I WOULDNT DARE SMOKE IT .. I KNEW FROM THE START SMARTIES WERE GOING TO CAUSE DAMAGE .Also,did u knoe by u snifing it causes magets .... ikr i jst learned dat when ever i was researching about it .
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Guest shayla says:
2013-Nov-11 17:14
 
 
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Well I guess its not okay to do it because. You could die if sugar gets inside your lungs
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Guest Aespen says:
2013-Nov-11 11:49
 
 
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i have done this, matter of fact i have a bag of them with me right now. I guess they dont know how to do and any one that snorts any candy is stupid,any drug wither drugs are bad. You are definatly not supposed to inhale it, i certainly dont. but little children dont know any better. i rther eat smarties anyway.
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Guest mike the ike says:
2013-Nov-05 19:05
 
 
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[quote]@@o snap i do this well bye bye lungs
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Guest NUNYA says:
2013-Dec-12 14:55
 
 
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LOL YOU SHOULD REALLY STOP THAT FOR U DIE ... ak
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Guest ? says:
2013-Nov-03 17:06
 
 
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my friends do this and I whose to till I read this. thx so much for this document it saved my life and its going to save my friends too.cried
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Guest Brady says:
2013-Sep-04 08:22
 
 
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Very good passage keep up the good work
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