January 25, 2018

“Don’t be stupid. It’s not smart.” – Ty Pennington

To Do Today: Don’t risk your health (or life) for likes and shares on social media. And don’t eat Tide Pods.

P&G CEO: Tide Pods Challenge ‘no laughing matter’
Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble Co. CEO David Taylor is urging parents to warn their teenage children about the danger posed by the so-called “Tide Pods Challenge.”

Videos depicting people biting into Tide Pods detergent packets have become an internet sensation despite the danger that the youngsters might swallow harmful ingredients. Viewers are challenged to try the stunt themselves.

“As a father, seeing recent examples of young people intentionally take part in self-harming challenges like ingesting large amounts of cinnamon or the so-called ‘Tide Pods Challenge’ is extremely concerning,” Taylor wrote in a statement posted to the website of the Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods (NYSE: PG).

Intentional misuse of the products can lead to seizures, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma and even death.

Poison control centers handled 86 intentional cases of single-load laundry packet exposures involving people 13-19 years old between the beginning of this year and Jan. 21, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported Monday.

Read the rest of the article by Barrett Brunsman here: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/01/23/p-g-ceo-tide-pods-challenge-no-laughing-matter.html

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