Sports doctor astonished by athlete snus use – No better than tobacco
Finnish hockey doctors’ chairman Markku Arvela is astonished by the habit of finnish athletes to use snus. Snus does not affect the lungs like tobacco, but nicotine diminishes performance also while using snus.
(pic of a snus box)
Snus use is increased according the national health survey. Most snus use is among young men.
Chairman of the association of finnish hockey doctors and among other things, the doctor for the hockey team SaiPa Markku Arvela considers snus and tobacco to be equally bad options.
- - A special characteristic here in Finland, is that minors and young athletes use snus. It’s often perceived as a better option than tobacco, but it is not.
Many snus users perceive snus as a healthier option, since it does not affect lung health like tobacco. However, a snus user may get more nicotine than a smoker. Nicotine in turn constricts blood vessels and muscles will not get oxygen and nutrients normally.
- - Oxygen in the lungs is no use if the circulation does not deliver it to the muscles, summarizes Arvela