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Smarties Meant to be Eaten, not "Smoked"


Smarties are tart, chalky candy discs that are wrapped in cellophane. The candy began its history in England in 1932. It became a part of the American candy history in 1949. The candy is readily available in local drug stores, convenience stores, dollar stores, and supermarkets.

What is new about the candy is children “smoking” it rather than simply eating it.

To “smoke” the candy, the children crush the discs into a fine powder within the wrapper. They then tear off one end and pour the powder into their mouths. They then blow the fine Smarties dust, mimicking a smoker’s exhale.

The ones who “smoke” Smarties are quoted as thinking it’s cool, liking it because it looks like you’re smoking but you’re not. There is concern that the phenomenon might lead some students to progress to actual cigarette use. There is concern, also, that there is a risk of aspirating the wrapper or a whole or partially crushed Smarties.

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This trend has left school at a loss of how to deal with this trend. If the children were caught smoking cigarettes, they would be suspended from school. Some schools have decided to make the action of “smoking” Smarties a Class II offense which usually means detention.

Some Smarties “smokers” have perfected the art of blowing smoke rings. Others can even exhale the dust through their nose. “Smokers” claim they don’t inhale the powder or try to get it into their lungs. They claim they pour it into their mouths and exhale quickly, as the object is to cause a cloud of fine dust to emerge.

Physicians are beginning to see young patients with irritation to the throats and noses from “smoking” Smarties. If the areas become irritated enough, there is risk of infection.

Like all candy, Smarties are meant to be eaten, not “smoked.”

>Wall Street Journal