Premier League footballers urged to stop using snus as it causes 'high level of concern'
Players have been spotted using snus while sitting on the substitutes' bench and Jamie Vardy was photographed with a tin while on England duty at Euro 2016
Premier League football stars are causing a “high level of concern” with their increasing use of snus.
The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) is supporting a year-long study into the prevalence of snus in football at all levels. Pronounced “snoose,” like “loose”, it is a smokeless, moist powder tobacco pouch, originating from Sweden, which people place under their top lip.
Players have been spotted using snus by rubbing it on their upper lip while sitting on the substitutes' bench and even high-profile players like Jamie Vardy have been photographed with tins of snus during tournaments, with the Leicester striker having used it while on England duty at Euro 2016.
However, there are significant health warnings associated with snus, including links to heart conditions, oral disease and decreased performance. To address this issue, many Premier League clubs have taken steps to educate their players about the negative impact of snus and encourage them to stop using it.
The PFA is now calling on its members to participate in the study led by Loughborough University, reports the Mirror. The research will involve interviews with players and the distribution of surveys to gather insights into their perspectives on snus use.
Dr Daniel Read, the lead researcher from the Institute for Sport Business at Loughborough University London, expressed the significant fears within the football community regarding snus use. Dr Read said: “There is a high level of concern in the football community about players using snus and the potential impact this may have on their welfare.”
Dr Reed added: “Through this project with the PFA, we hope to learn more from the players’ perspective to better support their physical and mental wellbeing.” Dr. Michael Bennett, the PFA's director of player wellbeing, also highlighted the need to delve deeper into the rising trend of snus use among players to explain their motivations and their awareness of the associated risks.
He said: “Through our conversations with players and their clubs we are aware that there is a rise in the use of snus in the game. We want to use research like this to better understand that trend, the motivations of players and how aware they are of the risks.
“We can then use that knowledge to play our part in ensuring members are aware of the negative impacts that can be associated with Snus use.” The first findings of the study will be presented by the end of the year.