Is the 'Condom Snorting Challenge' a Real Teen Trend?


Hundreds have filmed themselves attempting the aptly-named "condom snorting challenge", with stomach-churning videos documenting the entire process.

The challenge, an old one which has recently made a reappearance on platforms like YouTube and Facebook, requires the person to snort a condom into his nose and pull it out from his mouth.

Can we just go back to the ice bucket challenge or something? However, it's gained much more popularity in recent years after YouTuber Savannah Strong uploaded a new video of the challenge in 2013, spawning a number of imitations that have proliferated on YouTube and social media platforms since.

A condom-snorting challenge gaining notoriety on social media is a bad idea that can cause medical problems, according to medical professionals. "As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them", Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist, told Fox 26.

Now teens are taking on an even grosser challenge in pursuit of Internet fame - and this one is making stomachs turn, as it is as disgusting as it is unsafe.

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Bruce Lee, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote late last week in a column for Forbes that the only thing people should be snorting is air, with the exception of nasal spray or doctor-prescribed medications. In one case, a woman suffered a collapsed lung and contracted pneumonia after a condom went down her trachea. "So with these untrained people putting something up the nose, it's highly likely that for every one that you see on social media, there are probably a lot of kids who have tried it and either almost choked or caused bleeding".

He also said the condoms could cause allergic reactions and result in infections.

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

While it sounds like an April Fool's joke, educators are warning about a "condom challenge" being spread online by YouTube videos and social media. YouTube has since removed that video, but a summary from The Young Turks can be viewed below.