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Snorting smarties candy dangers: Inhaling smarties causes nasal maggots

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Snorting smarties (or smoking) is not really smart at all. The disturbing trend, seen on YouTube, is causing parents and caregivers of middle school children concern. Doctors say kids snorting smarties candies can develop nasal maggots and it poses other serious health risks. Inhaling smarties is not addictive like drugs, but can lead to other risky behavior, citing a Jan. 21 WGNtv news report.

The snorting smarties fad first cropped up around 2006, primarily along the East Coast of the United States, according to sources. It involves crushing the candy into a fine powder and then snorting, similar to how drug addicts inhale cocaine and other illicit drugs.

Like many other dangerous how-to videos, how to smoke or snort smarties candy videos are appearing on YouTube and other file-sharing websites.

We have experienced an unsafe new trend among our middle school students -- smoking or snorting the candy, Smarties," said a statement, which adds that the candy can "act like razor blades" if the candies are not crushed up properly. Reportedly, the particles are sharp enough to scar the mucus lining in the nose.

Dr. Oren Friedman of the Mayo Clinic says there is a possibility that nasal maggots can develop from snorting smarties because they are simply "feeding on the sugary dust wedged inside the nose."

Snorting smarties is not addictive, and that offers parents and physicians promise. In all likelihood, it is done out of peer pressure or is an act done to mimic doing the real thing.

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