No joke: Newest teen challenge is snorting condoms

March 28th 2018

Internet challenges can be meaningful, like the Ice Bucket Challenge to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Or it can be dangerous, like the Tide Pod challenge, which has sent several students to the hospital.

But the Condom Challenge is not only dangerous, it’s downright gross. It involves inhaling an unwrapped condom through your nose and pulling it through your throat, Newsweek reported.

It apparently is not a new fad, but it has been on the rise lately as some teens look for a way to fight boredom. Looking for the Condom Challenge on YouTube will provide plenty of examples, Newsweek reported.
In San Antonio, a class taught parents about the trend, KMPH reported.

"There are all kinds of drugs and kids are clever, so it's just really what are our kids doing? So, that's what we try to share," Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist, told KMPH.

Enriquez said social media and the need for “likes, views, and subscribers” is helping drive the trends.
"As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them,” Enriquez told KMPH.

What is the condom snorting challenge? Experts say teens search out dangerous trends

by DARIAN TROTTER - March 28th 2018

Some San Antonio-area parents are attending an informative class on dangerous trends; they're learning new ways to keep their children safe.

If you're not up to date on the latest advances in technology and you have children, then this is the class for you.

"There are all kinds of drugs and kids are clever, so it's just really what are our kids doing? So, that's what we try to share," said Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist.

Educators are visiting area schools to talk drug and alcohol prevention, and make sure parents are aware of dangerous trends like the condom snorting challenge.

condom snorting challenge is whena person takes an unwrapped condom and inhales it through one nostril and pulls it through their mouth.

"Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers," added Enriquez. "As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them."

"I had never seen that before, so that was really a shock to me," said parent Debbie Miller.

Then there's the next generation of vaping called juuling. "And it looks just like a flash drive and it allows you to smoke nicotine but because it looks like a flash drive, it's coming into our schools," explained Enriquez.

There's more than meets the eye with some cellphone apps like
Snapchat. "Folks like to use them for filters and things but it's actually the No. 1 sexting app that's available," said Enriquez.

Speaking of cellphones, advances in technology now allow parents to monitor cellphone activity and get important notifications.

"So, you're able to view deleted text messages, current text messages, phone call logs, you can track location, and there are other apps that will let you actually pause the phone," added Enriquez.

Monitoring apps vary depending on your cell provider.

Miller has 11-year old twins. "My daughters are going into middle school next year and I just wanted to bring awareness to myself to find out what the trends are, what's going on, so that I can just be aware," she said.

To find out when the class on dangerous teen trends will be held in your area, call Mayra De Hoyos at 210-370-5617.

Condom Snorting Challenge: Why You Should Not Inhale Condoms

by Bruce Y. Lee - 4/9/2018

This is what you would do if you wanted to participate in this "Challenge" and demonstrate to everyone that you have absolutely no proper judgment. You would unwrap a new condom (because a used condom would be even worse) inhale it up one nostril and then try to pull it out through your pharynx and mouth, all the while filming it to then post the video on YouTube or some other social media platform.

This "Condom Challenge" is actually not new and has been around for a number of years, because stupidity doesn't go away that easily. Back in 2013, Alex Alvarez wrote for ABC News about how a YouTube video uploaded in June 2007 showed the act and how the Challenge may have gotten more attention when YouTuber "Savannah Strong" posted on April 8, 2013, a video of her snorting a condom to the tune of Taylor Swift's "22."

In case you are wondering what it looks like, here's a Tweet with a picture:

The newest teen challenge: Snorting condoms
— 12 News (@12News) April 1, 2018

Doesn't that look wonderful? If you want to see what it looks like in action, a number of videos (such as this one) pop up on YouTube when you search for "condom snorting" but beware they may make you wince.

Gee, what could go wrong when inhaling an object made of latex rubber and covered in lubricant and spermicide? Well, first of all, here's the list of things that you should be snorting up you nose:

  • Air

The only possible addition to this list would be medications like nasal sprays, but only when your doctor recommends them and there is a true medical indication. Otherwise, anything else that goes up your nose can damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection. I've already written for Forbes about the dangers of snorting chocolate and similar concerns apply to most other substances.

Now, imagine stuffing up your nose something that is larger than your nostril opening and designed not to break. That would be as foolish as, well, trying to inhale a condom. The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke.

But that's not all. Take a look at a case report published in 2004 in the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciencesentitled "Accidental condom inhalation," which distinguishes it from deliberate condom inhalation, which is basically the "Condom Snorting Challenge." The case report detailed the tribulations of a 27-year-old woman who performed oral sex on a man wearing a condom. The condom went down her trachea and into her lungs, blocked one of her airways, and resulted in pneumonia and a collapse of the right upper lobe of her lung. That would qualify as a bad oral sex experience.

Then there's the case report in the Journal of Medical Case Reports of a 26-year old woman who accidentally swallowed a condom (again, with the emphasis on the word accidentally) during oral sex and then subsequently developed appendicitis because a fragment of the condom lodged inside her appendix. While this does not necessarily mean that you should panic if you accidentally swallow a condom (because you may just eventually poop it out), it does strongly suggest that you should not deliberately inhale or swallow a condom.

Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful. Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?
Apparently enough teens still think it's worthwhile, to the point that educators are now visiting San Antonio, Texas-area schools to discuss drug, alcohol, and condom-snorting prevention, as Darian Trotter for NBC News 4 San Antonio reported. Welcome to 2018. Who knew that teens would need to be told not to use condoms?