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For every choking-related death, an estimated 110 children are treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal choking.[Ref:1674]
Jawbreakers and other hard, round candies (such as bon-bons, cough drops and spherical lollipops) can be lethal if inhaled (between or below the vocal cords); or if swallowed (by compressing the airway from behind). Flat lollipops are safer.
In the United States, hard candies are one of the leading causes of choking.[Ref:375]
Soft chewing gum can also be a choking hard, but is less likely to be lethal.