Several elementary school students were taken to the hospital today after ingesting nicotine lozenges.
According to a statement from Chicago Public Schools, the students were taken from Wendell E Green Elementary School in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the city’s south side to a nearby hospital.
The statement said the lozenges were brought to the school by a student. The Chicago Tribune reports 16 fourth grade students suffered nausea and upset stomachs.
The lozenges are to help adults quit smoking. Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli tells the Chicago Tribune the students thought they were candy.