The 'condom snorting challenge' is an actual thing people are doing

by Noah Mcgee April 3, 2018, 3:00
The 'condom snorting challenge' is an actual thing people are doing

In case the Tide Pod challenge wasn't bizarre/dangerous enough, another viral video challenge is taking its place in the spotlight: the "condom challenge".

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

Move over Tide Pods: another idiotic challenge is gaining popularity online.

Condoms were never meant to be used like this, but that's allegedly what's happening. According to the Sacramento Bee, the condom-snorting challenge isn't exactly new - in fact, it's been around since at least 2013 when YouTube star Savannah Strong posted a video of herself completing the challenge.

March 2018 saw an uptick in media coverage, but it wasn't because people were snorting condoms again. Not to be confused with the water-filled condom challenge that took off c. 2015, this one involves snorting a condom up your nose and pulling it out of your mouth.

The condom-snorting challenge follows in the footsteps of the risky Tide Pod challenge, which came to worldwide media attention in January 2018.

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According to, there were 30 reports of teenagers intentionally misusing laundry pods in the first half of January this year, when the trend made waves, data from the American Association of Poison Control Centres showed.

Health authorities warn that the new "game" poses a real risk and can kill.

The inhalation of condoms has its own risks, says Bruce Y. Lee, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a "Forbes" piece titled "Why You Should Not Inhale Condoms".

There's also the possibility that the condoms will be inhaled into the lungs. Lee wrote in a recent Forbes column.

"The nasal passages and sinuses have special cells that can be damaged if objects such as condoms are placed in them, potentially leading to a bacterial or fungal infection", he told CBS News.

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