Did you know that Over 17,000 people have died by choking on toothpicks ? Yeah, its a true fact since 1990. Anyone can choke, but choking is more common in children than in adults & people also choke because infection causes the throat tissue to swell shut.According to one study, nearly two-thirds of the children who choked to death during a 20-year period were 3 years old or younger.Since 1900, 17,000 people have died from toothpicks all over the world.