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The Viral Condom-Snorting Challenge Is Exactly as risky as It Sounds

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The challenge has gone viral, particularly on YouTube, where thousands of videos of people - mostly teens but also some young adults who host channels on the site - snorting condoms have been posted.

In answer to the several queries we've received: yes, the videos are real.

Earlier this year, a game called the "Tide pod challenge" raised concerns as videos were circulating on social media showing teenagers biting into brightly colored liquid laundry detergent packets, or pretending to cook them in skillets, then chewing them up and spewing soap from their mouths. The challenge involves inhaling an unwrapped condom through your nose and pulling it through your throat.

It may sound like a "Mad Libs" version of a '90s after-school special, but it is actually happening: Teenagers are snorting condoms on the internet.

March 2018 saw an uptick in media coverage, but it wasn't because people were snorting condoms again.

The internet has seen the "Tide Pod challenge" and the "cinnamon challenge", but the most recent online challenge is risky, and perhaps, the most disturbing of them all. "As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and re-creating them".

The "challenge" has apparently been around for a while now, but it's recently begun to regain popularity.

And, indeed, the unintended consequences can be fatal. They discovered that an oral-sex mishap caused her to inhale a condom into her lung, which led to its partial collapse.

"While this does not necessarily mean that you should panic if you accidentally swallow a condom (because you may just eventually poop it out)", Lee wrote, "it does strongly suggest that you should not deliberately inhale or swallow a condom".

There is a new internet challenge that has some parents on alert and just about everyone asking questions.