When was the last time you saw an athlete photographed with a cigarette in his or her hand? Or heard it discussed in the media?
It seems more common in the United States that you either hear of an athlete’s resistance to a poor diet, Baseball players and smokeless Tobacco, or an athlete’s favorite candy or the multitude of athletes with recreational drug and alcohol habits – but I can’t remember the last time that an athlete in one of the major sports was discussed as a smoker.
Recently I saw a piece that mentioned Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was a a two-pack-a-week smoker, and Manchester United/England striker Wayne Rooney has been seen lighting up. Both of these players play a sport known for the high need for athleticism.
So is there a tobacco-use level in professional sports that approaches the level of general society, and it’s just well-concealed? Or are these two just outliers?