Students nationwide snort smarties

Snorting smarties is a trend reports show is increasing. Teenagers are crushing the popular pastel-colored candy and huffing sugary powder up their nose.

Smarties are small colorful candy tablets in six assorted colors and flavors. There are three size tablets, regular, giant, and mega. Their huge success is largely because of the taste which is a combination of sweet, sour, and fruity. Photo Courtesy: MCT Photo
Smarties are small colorful candy tablets in six assorted colors and flavors. There are three size tablets, regular, giant, and mega. Their huge success is largely because of the taste which is a combination of sweet, sour, and fruity. Photo courtesy of MCT Photo.

“Whatever happened to kids just playing dodgeball or riding bikes after school? Or if you really want a sugar high, just put the candy in your mouths and eat them like a normal human,” said Cora Bennett, 9.

Snorting the candy is not exactly new – teenagers have been posting videos on YouTube as long as six years ago — but Scarborough Middle School in Maine recently issued an informational document to parents warning them of the dangers of snorting the candy.

According to the document, students at the school have been snorting and “smoking” the candy. The smoking involves putting the powder in their mouths and attempting to blow it out of their noses.

“I’ve never done it and I don’t plan to. I’m not eight years old and it’s not like it has an effect on you. I can’t decide if this is better or worse than kids taking up smoking to look cool,” said Martín Gonzalez, 10.

Since this trend has picked up steam, experts have been weighing in about the dangers of snorting Smarties.

Not only can the shards of the Smarties cut up the inside of your nose like razor blades if they haven’t been broken up enough, but the sugary leftovers of this powder can lead to maggots getting into your nasal cavity.

“There are so many things wrong with this trend. For starters: don’t waste candy. Don’t waste the delicious sugar that will perk you up for seven minutes only to send you crashing down seconds later,” said Grace Mather, 9.