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WADA Places Nicotine on ‘Watch’ List

Submitted by Alex on September 29, 2011 – 7:53 amNo Comment

The world has gone mad. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is looking into nicotine and contemplating a ban on it after the WADA research lab in Switzerland (aren’t research labs always based in Switzerland?) had concluded a study that found that nicotine can have a performance-enhancing effect on athletes.

According to the report, nicotine increases blood pressure, blood sugar and pulse rate and stimulates the release of epinephrine due to its both stimulating and relaxing qualities. Some sports organizations took the findings very seriously. Thus, the PGA Tour declared that that if nicotine got banned by WADA, it would also consider adding nicotine to the Tour’s list of banned substances.

Since the PGA Tour began performance-enhancing drug testing in 2008, it has banned almost the same performance enhancers as WADA. But I believe that banning nicotine would cause an outrageous amount of protests. Imagine British Open champion Clarke who spends 25K a year on cigars without his stogies!

I hope that if WADA does decide to ban nicotine, it will fail as miserably as it did when the agency tried to ban caffeine. Caffeine used to be on the ban list of the International Olympic Committee but was removed in 2004 since the World Anti-Doping Agency finally realized that caffeine beverages are too common to be banned.

Anyway, until WADA did not place nicotine on the ban list, enjoy your cigars twice as much, athletes, since you never know when it might become illegal.

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