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“Cinnamon Challenge” Causing Hospitalizations Across Country

Officials at Marion County Public Health are warning against a health risk that’s becoming increasingly popular – the cinnamon challenge. The objective is to swallow a teaspoon of ground cinnamon without drinking fluids; however, the challenge could prove deadly. Cinnamon is composed of cellulose fibers that don’t dissolve; officials say that several people who have attempted the cinnamon challenge have been hospitalized due to chocking, aspiration, and pulmonary damage. Marion County Public Health Director Kim Dorn says the challenge is especially popular among adolescents and teenagers.