English Premier League aces are seeking help after becoming addicted to tobacco product snus, it has been revealed. The pouches are put in the mouth like old-fashioned chewing tobacco and are seen as less harmful than cigarettes.
But with many players hooked and struggling to cope, the Professional Footballers’ Association is investigating amid health fears – and the impact on kids who may copy their role models.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, Manchester United centre back Victor Lindelof and Newcastle defender Emil Krafth have used snus for its supposed calming effect.
Now the PFA has launched workshops highlighting the risks. In our investigations, we found some users are getting through 25 tea bag-style pouches – which are placed under the top lip – each day.
A source said, “Many are now hooked as they don’t realise snus contains more addictive nicotine than a cigarette. Club doctors fear usage is spiralling out of control.”
Swedish-made snus is not illegal but can’t be sold in the UK due to cancer fears. Tubs are as little as £5 online.
The PFA said it has trialled workshops on potential snus risks and recognises “the need to roll this education out to the entire membership”.
- The Sun report