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Doctors warn teens not to take cinnamon challenge

CHICAGO — Doctors are warning teenagers not to take the cinnamon challenge, a dangerous prank depicted in YouTube videos that has led to hospitalizations and a surge in calls to US poison centers.

The fad involves daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water. But the spice is caustic, and trying to gulp it down can cause choking, throat irritation, breathing trouble, and even collapsed lungs, the report said.

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