Condom snorting is the latest viral challenge for teens

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It's a game called the "condom-snorting challenge" and, not unlike other risky dares that have swept social media, teenagers have been doing it - for years now. In the condom snorting challenge, a person opens a condom and snorts it through one nostril and pulls it through their mouth, thus completing the "condom snorting challenge".

As with the Tide pod challenge, the press went into full-on moral panic mode in their coverage of condom snorting.

Can we just go back to the ice bucket challenge or something?

According to CBS Affiliate KHOU, viral videos on YouTube have been circulating and shared thousands of times, showing teenagers and young adults "snorting condoms".

"You are literally putting something down your nose, which connects to your mouth, which connects to your trachea", Dr. Ammar Ali, an emergency room physician at Beaumont Health, told CBS Detroit.

The wrappers are removed before teens try the new challenge.

What is the condom challenge?

Anything that goes up one's nose "can damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection", wrote Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor of worldwide health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a column for Forbes.

"Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views, and subscribers", Enriquez told KABB.

One woman accidentally inhaled a condom into her lungs, leading one to collapse because the condom was blocking the airway, the Post reported.

The spermicidal lubricant found on most condoms can also irritate the inner lining of the nose and cause allergic reaction or infection.

"Would it really be worth all that just to get more like and views?"

Condom snorting as a social-media gag has been around for years.

There were 39 such reported cases involving teenagers in 2016.

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