A middle school in Portsmouth, RI, is warning parents about an old trend among teens of snorting or smoking Smarties, which apparently has made a comeback.
In an email sent to Portsmouth Middle School parents on Jan 16., School Committee Chair Dave Croston wrote that a growing number of its students were caught crushing up and snorting the candy. Some "imitate a smoker's exhale" by putting the powder in their mouth and blowing it out their nose.
"The 'benefit' for students engaging in this practice is unknown," Croston said in his email.
Then again, the benefit of many other not-so-smarty teen trends like eating a spoonful of cinnamon powder or drinking a gallon of milk are also unknown.
Croston called "this concerning behavior" a gateway drug to cigarettes or drugs, though that claim is unproven. Another rare but concerning side effect he mentioned was a potential infestation of maggots that feed on the sugary dust traces in the nose.
The snorting Smarties fad emerged as early as 2009. The most common side effects of inhaling Smarties are cuts in the nose which can lead to scarring, irritation, and possible infections.