An Internet Challenge Has Teenagers Snorting Condoms

Saul Franklin
April 3, 2018

The latest social media craze entails teens making videos of themselves snorting condoms into their nostrils and pulling them out through their mouths.

Unsurprisingly, doctors and school officials are speaking out against the risky party trick and urging teens not to partake. If the person has done the challenge "correctly", the condom then comes out of their mouth. "With potentially fatal results", Dr. Carol Cooper told United Kingdom news company The Sun. In America the "challenge" dates back to at least 2007, when a YouTuber uploaded herself snorting a condom, but YouTube pulled the video for containing "harmful or risky content".

The challenge has reportedly been around for several years but has recently regained popularity.

Mr Stephen Enriquez said in the KABB report: "These days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers".

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Lee, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who wrote about the challenge for Forbes, cited two separate cases of women who accidentally ingested condoms. The video has since been removed, but there are still dozens of others showing teenagers accepting the challenge. A misdirected prophylactic "could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke", he adds.

Patients have developed pneumonia and appendicitis after accidentally swallowing condoms during sex. While the shock factor of shoving something up your nose and pulling it out of your mouth might make for a viral video, the risks involved aren't worth any number of likes and views.

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. That would be as foolish as, well, trying to inhale a condom.

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