Friday, March 20, 2009

Is Your Kid Smoking Smarties?

Editor's Note: Smoking Smarties is the latest craze in Fayette County schools. Our staff has determined the local school administrations know of this event that happens during the lunch break. Be aware Fayette County citizens-- smoking candy is not good for your child's health.

Not Smart(ies): Doctors Warn of Dangers in Kids 'Smoking' Sugary Candies

Adolescents and teens have been crushing and inhaling candy, and then exhaling it, in an effort to look as though they’re smoking cigarettes, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Countless youths have even posted how-to videos, like this one on YouTube, of themselves engaging in this behavior.

Health experts fear the behavior may lead to harmful conditions. Some kids have already shown signs of developing a “smoker’s cough.” Oren Friedman, a Mayo Clinic nose specialist, cautioned that frequent use could lead to infections or even worse, albeit rare, conditions, such as maggots inside the nose.....,2933,509932,00.html

and another article:

Just Say Smarties? Faux Smoking Has Parents Fuming

Summit Middle School in Frisco, Colo., is a tobacco-free campus. Students who smoke cigarettes are suspended.

But when a lunchtime crew of sixth-graders last fall started "smoking" Smarties,.....

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