The newspaper's Well blog reports on findings from medical journal Pediatrics, whose research notes a steady rise in Poison Control calls related to the challenge. And, while many people may be aware of the immediate effects like "dragon breath," there are long-term issues as well, including inflammation and scarring of the lungs (which a doctor quoted in the article calls "equivalent to getting emphysema"). The report says there have even been people with collapsed lungs and in ventilators as a result. We personally would never have the guts to try it, even before reading these stats, but if you were thinking about it, you might want to check this out first. (Well)
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