Attention Deer Park Families,
We want to share with you a growing concern that has been popularized on YouTube and is being copied by area students in intermediate schools. A recent trend among children is to take the candy commonly referred to as “Smarties,” crush the candy while still in the wrapper, inhale or suck in the powder through the plastic wrapper, and then exhale it. This gives the person the appearance of exhaling cigarette smoke.
We wanted you to be aware that there are some medical concerns related to this behavior. For example, the powder is being inhaled as a solid, which, when it goes down into the lungs, can make cuts that could lead to infections. Inhaling any substance into the lungs can have detrimental effects, including chronic coughing and choking.
We ask that you please take the time to speak with your child about this unhealthy practice. Communication between a parent and child is key to making sure students either change their behavior or avoid picking up a terrible habit. Below is a list of websites that will provide you with further information about the negative effects of this practice and how to best help protect your child:
- FoxNews web article titled: “Not Smart(ies): Doctors Warn of Dangers in Kids ‘Smoking’ Sugary Candies.”
- Linked at the bottom of the FoxNews article is a link to a Wall Street Journal article: “Just Say No . . . to Smarties? Faux smoking Has Parents Fuming.”
We hope you find some useful information on the sites listed above. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. Please know that our students’ safety is our number one priority and feel free to contact your child’s school if you have any questions.
Amy Byrne, Principal
Deer Park Primary at Holmes and Amity Elementary