Smarties are some of our fave candies. But "smoking" them?? You need to know about this dangerous new trend.
All of over the country, tweens and teens are "smoking" Smarties.
They're crushing Smarties candies into a fine powder in its wrapper, tearing off one end, pouring the powder into their mouths and blowing out fine Smarties dust, mimicking a smoker's exhale.
Moms, watch and learn:
Some doctors say that frequent use could lead to infections or worse, albeit rare, conditions, such as maggots that feed on sugary dust wedged inside the nose. Yuck!
Many parents worry smoking Smarties could be a gateway leading to smoking cigarettes or pot.
Momlogic pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson says, "The notion of imitating smoking by using a crushed-up candy seems pretty juvenile to me. It certainly glorifies smoking, but I don't know that we can say it leads to cigarette or drug use. And it doesn't seem to have generated
any reports of significant bodily harm. But it's still silly and it popularizes the act of smoking."
She continues: "My recommendation to schools would be to make the smoking behavior an
offense, regardless of what is being 'smoked.' That's a simple way to slow the trend to a screeching halt, at least on campus."
What do you think of this new trend: harmless hijinks or bad news?