So this is a real thing: Teens are snorting condoms

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Parents Warned: Teen 'Condom Challenge' Is Not Safe

The condom-snorting trend follows several other risky online challenges including the cinnamon challenge, in which students try to swallow a tablespoon of dry cinnamon with no water, and the Tide pod challenge, in which students try to eat as many Tide pods as they can in a short period of time. Although the first isn't exactly a good idea, the second is the one that poses a choking hazard, and is now raising major health concerns.

"Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful", Lee wrote.

However, there have not been any official statistics on how many have taken up the condom-snorting challenge.

In answer to the several queries we've received: yes, the videos are real.

Yes, you read that correctly. Most dated from 2013, with a few going all the way back to 2007.

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Condoms were never meant to be used like this, but that's allegedly what's happening.

March 2018 saw an uptick in media coverage, but it wasn't because people were snorting condoms again.

The new challenge comes months after the Tide pod challenge, where teens ate liquid laundry detergent packets.

The condom challenge (which is not to be confused with a different challenge of the same name, from 2015, in which teens would fill condoms with water and drop them on their friends' heads) is not a new concept.

Like other viral fads, this one has been around for years but is just now catching fire on social media, mostly via YouTube. Condom inhalation poses serious risks like choking and could also damage the nose's inner lining, according to Forbes contributor and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Bruce Y. Lee. One suffered from pneumonia, while the other got a small piece of the condom lodged in her appendix and had to undergo surgery.

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