If you’re one of the few people who doesn’t view the “cinnamon challenge” as being incredibly stupid, then you may want to heed the warnings of researchers who said that the practice is dangerous to your health, and can lead to “long-lasting lesions, scarring and inflammation of the airway” or even lung damage:
Around the country there have been around 30 reported issues arising from the challenge that needed medical care in 2012. Some teens have even needed to go on ventilator support after experiencing collapsed lungs, says the research in the new issue of Pediatrics.It’s even worse for people who already have lung issues like asthma. For those, eating large amounts of dry cinnamon could do a lot of damage, says the study’s author, Steven Lipshultz.“It could really put them in a bad way,” he says.
Animal studies have shown that the lungs are affected even after one attempt — and the damage stays for weeks or even months.