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05-14-2010, 12:20 PM
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OV must be on a beer run.

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No heart? More like no lungs. No wonder they can't win the best on best games with all that skill... many of Canada's elite players have marathon runner level VO2 maxes and the Russians have lung cancer.
yea I'm sure none of Canada's elite players smoke. Gimme a break

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Semin has the whole James Dean thing going on. He's a Rebel without a cause.




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OV must be on a vodka run.
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Im not a regular smoker but still like to light one up occasionally.

Tbh Im kinda tired of all the moralizing about smoking. Kind of refreshing to see those players take a smoke without any shame. I really doubt it will kill you to smoke a few cigarettes once a week or so.


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You couldn't be more wrong. The medical literature is quite clear that even a very slight amount of cigarette smoking significantly increases the risk of certain types of lung cancer. Not only is the evidence clear, it is also indisputable.

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They just happen to think that if they smoke, they will be as good as Lemieux.

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That why we beat the caps, they went out in MTL on a drinking/smoking/****ing spree and had no energy left.

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Semin has the whole James Dean thing going on. He's a Rebel without a cause.
difference is doctors said it was healthy back then.

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Some people are really underexposed to hockey culture on here... all kinds of players smoke at all different levels. While it's far from a majority or anything, it still happens a lot more than most people would think.

Not really news...

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You couldn't be more wrong. The medical literature is quite clear that even a very slight amount of cigarette smoking significantly increases the risk of certain types of lung cancer. Not only is the evidence clear, it is also indisputable.
Puuuleeeze. Breathing in essentially anything that's not pure oxygen is going increase your chances of lung cancer. Be it, the stone dust I inhale on my interlocking summer job or the joint I smoke once or twice a week, or the smoggy air I breath downtown Toronto when I go to visit my fiance.

You can't live in a goddamned bubble or in fear of everything around you. I consciously make the decision to smoke a cigarette once in awhile and am aware of the effects just like everyone else. As long as you're not blowing the smoke into someone else's face who doesn't want to be around that then what's the harm? Live life bro. Have some fun cause you're gonna die of something (likely cancer or heart disease) one day.

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Who blew snot all over the place in the video? lol

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You couldn't be more wrong. The medical literature is quite clear that even a very slight amount of cigarette smoking significantly increases the risk of certain types of lung cancer. Not only is the evidence clear, it is also indisputable.
Ya gotta die some time. I am sure many lifetime smokers outlive non smokers. Its obviously bad for you bet hey, life it short - do whatever makes you happy!

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Today's NHL is not like the NHL of 60's. Players have to be in absolutely top shape. Can't really afford smoking.

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Today's NHL is not like the NHL of 60's. Players have to be in absolutely top shape. Can't really afford smoking.
The facts prove you wrong.
Many do smoke and do perform at a top level.

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The facts prove you wrong.
Many do smoke and do perform at a top level.
From what I've heard, Zubov was like a factory. He was still a high end defenseman.

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Many of the European/French Canadian players smoke and it doesn't seem to hurt them. Athletes bodies take smoking, eating junk food, etc. differently than the rest of us. They are in top shape and smoking casually or eating McDonalds isn't going to effect them the same way that it effects the normal person.

Plus they're Europeans in Europe. Everywhere that I've been in Europe it seems like EVERYONE smokes, so its not surprising at all that they do. Many athletes smoke, its not a big deal.

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What was Kovalchuk doing in that video?

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This actually explains the decline of Semin - he started smoking heavily. Smoking reduces your ability to provide oxygen to your blood stream. He is ok for the regular season, but for the playoffs when the pace picks up he's become useless.
Nikulin also looked slower than molasses this season in KHL. He has regressed from what he was in 2005-2008. Maybe smoking has something to do with this?

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Big deal. It's not like Theo Fleury showed up and passed a crack pipe around.
Then why not bring cigarettes to games and light up one when you sit on the bench?

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05-14-2010, 01:23 PM
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Puuuleeeze. Breathing in essentially anything that's not pure oxygen is going increase your chances of lung cancer. Be it, the stone dust I inhale on my interlocking summer job or the joint I smoke once or twice a week, or the smoggy air I breath downtown Toronto when I go to visit my fiance.

You can't live in a goddamned bubble or in fear of everything around you. I consciously make the decision to smoke a cigarette once in awhile and am aware of the effects just like everyone else. As long as you're not blowing the smoke into someone else's face who doesn't want to be around that then what's the harm? Live life bro. Have some fun cause you're gonna die of something (likely cancer or heart disease) one day.
I have had lots of patients with lung cancer. Not one of them has ever said, as they were dying, that they wished that they'd smoked more cigarettes.

But hey, you may feel differently when that day comes. So have fun.

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Then why not bring cigarettes to games and light up one when you sit on the bench?
Can't smoke inside buildings.

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There will always be freaks like Sergei Zubov who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day and still played 30-40 minutes a game in the NHL level seemingly without breaking a sweat (and is still playing at a high level in Russia at 40). But of course even guys like Zubov and Mogilny would have been better players without smoking.

How common is smoking among 15-20 year old Russian players anyway?

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I've never understood why anyone gives a damn if some random person smokes. If they enjoy it, that's their choice. Obviously it's not affecting these Russians too adversely seeing as how they're playing at the top level of their sport. If they wanna light up after a game, more power to 'em. Playing Health Police on an internet message board is just freakin' sad.
I agree with you.

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I have had lots of patients with lung cancer. Not one of them has ever said, as they were dying, that they wished that they'd smoked more cigarettes.

But hey, you may feel differently when that day comes. So have fun.
Get off the forum mom.

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Not sure why some talk about the cancer - it is irrelevent to the topic. Everyone can choose whether to smoke or not. We talk abpout world class athletes who choose to smoke and handicap themselves by reducing the lung capabilities, which means their heart must work harder to achieve the same result compared to the same person if he didn't smoke.

To me smoking means that the motivation of the athlete to become the best is not high. If I was a coach I may reconsider having such an athlete on my team, simply because he may not have heart to be the winner both physically and mentally.

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According to actual scientific research, you're quite wrong.
A+ for execution/luls

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