Alright, I know, these are old news, but YouTube video is new.
Can elite athlete smoke hookah or tobacco? Yes, there are examples of such people, but it is rare. And Ovi said he would never advertise cigarettes. He knows it is bad. Oh well...
ESPN interview with Mario Lemieux:
Dan Patrick: In Gretzky's book, he said there was one piece of advice he had for you -- quit smoking.
Mario Lemieux: Oh, I did stop smoking a long time ago.
That was my first couple years in the league where, you know, I was smoking quite a bit, probably two packs a day.
How did that happen? How did that start? Were you trying to act tough?
No, not really. I think people in Montreal smoke a lot, and I used to smoke when I was 17-18, and just picked it up when I was playing juniors. But I think I stopped when I was 22, which was a big decision in my life.
To be fair Evgeny Malkin smokes hookah too. Here's an excerpt from his recent interview at Sports.ru:
How old were you when you first tried a cigarette?So... smoking hookah is not smoking? ...hmmm...
I've never smoked, honestly. I smoked hookahs, cigars a couple times, but never tried a cigarette. Now in general the trend is that more women are smoking, not men. If I meet a girl, one of the first conditions, perhaps, not very serious, so she doesn't smoke. I think when a girl smokes, it looks ugly just in general.
Here is the list of famous people who use snus. Ovi is included.
Watch Ovi, he has something in his mouth. Our Swedish reader commented that Ovi got snus from Marcus Johansson...
The rumor is 50% of Swedish hockey players use snus.
It is actually healthier to use snus than to smoke hookah. Where is Marcus Johansson when you need him? :-)