Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Snorting Smarties: Nasal maggots may result, snorting causes real health risks

See also

Snorting Smarties has become a very real threat to kids after it was revealed earlier this week that a number of students in a Rhode Island middle school — and no doubt in other places across the U.S. — were crushing Smarties candy and then inhaling them through the nose. Now, health experts say that in addition to other dangerous health threats, actual nose maggots are more likely to result for child users. Web Pro News explains this frightening and unhealthy trend among school kids and how these complications can occur this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

The snorting Smarties craze was confirmed after parents of students at Rhode Island’s Portsmouth Middle School received a mass warning email of numerous kids crushing up Smarties candy, then literally snorting it through the nose. Health officials say only is this foolish and dangerous, it can literally lead to very bad consequences, ranging from severe allergic reactions and bloody noses to lung infections and even nasal maggots.

Oh, and taking in the candy through the nostrils does not get anybody high — at all, adds the press release.

The odds of waking up to find nasal maggots in a kid’s nose may not be huge, but snorting Smarties can lead to these tiny bugs festering up there when the candy, now crushed into a powdery form and rotting lodged in the nasal cavity, can draw flies through the nostrils. The flies can stay in the region for a long enough time to actually spread infection or even lay eggs, with bigger batches topping up at 150 for the usual housefly, only a day after being laid.

Though highly uncommon, nasal maggots have a scientific name as well: nasal myiasis. Parents are now being warned in the area that if they continue to see their kids scratching their nose for an itch they can’t solve and might have taken part in inhaling the snorted Smarties, it could be the maggot flies in their nose. Of course, small white “boogers” might also be a real worry of the resulting health risk.

“The snorting behavior, meant to emulate the appearance of snorting cocaine, has become widespread. Fifteen students at Frontier Middle School in Hamburg, New York, were caught doing it, and a nine-year-old boy in Atlanta was suspended from school for snorting. Many Smartie enthusiasts have uploaded videos of themselves snorting–a YouTube search yields 1300+ results—some of which have garnered tens of thousands of views, including the classic “snorting Smarties with tampon” (see below), which has over 54,000 views as of this writing.”

“It’s not cool and it’s certainly not good for you,” concludes one official on the snorting Smarties craze. “The candy is meant to be eaten, not inhaled. Don’t hurt yourself.”

Advertisement

News

  • Gaza conflict
    Israel official: Ceasefire and expanding Gaza conflict are both being discussed
    Video
    Video
  • Air Algerie crash
    Conflicting reports about the Air Algerie disappearance begin to emerge
    Top News
  • Arizona execution
    A Senator familiar with torture denounces Joseph Wood's botched execution as such
    US News
  • Ray Rice suspended
    Ravens' running back Ray Rice is suspended for two games for a domestic violence arrest
    Sports
  • Amazon tribe falls ill
    An Amazonian tribe catches influenza after making first contact with the developed world
    Headlines
  • CIA prison in Poland
    Poland is declared guilty of human rights violations for hosting a secret CIA prison
    Video
    Video

Related Videos: