Is Vaping Predominant in Baseball?, What about Cannabis Use?
It's true that some athletes vape and that some utilize cannabis. Today, we're going to talk about vaping and cannabis usage in sports. For example, we'll talk about their impact on baseball players and baseball in general.
Some athletes who vape may do it for pleasure and use e-liquids which don't contain nicotine. Others may use cannabis in order to get high or in order to treat medical conditions. In the amateur leagues, vaping won't be something that most coaches and sports associations frown upon, unless it's happening during game play and this likely won't be permitted.
With cannabis, it's a bit different. Laws for cannabis usage are pretty strict. This means that amateur athletes who are caught using the substance illegally may be penalized.
In the Major Leagues and in other high echelons of sport, both vaping and cannabis usage are not something that most coaches are going to support. Anything which impacts the performance of athletes and the alertness of athletes is not going to be seen in a positive light. Vaping of marijuana can be done is portable vaporizers like the firefly 2.
As you probably know, baseball players have been chewing tobacco on the field for decades. This isn't a health habit, either, but they aren't inhaling things which might impact their cardiovascular fitness when they chew tobacco. The long-term effects of vaping are still misunderstood and that's why most coaches aren't going to want players to do it.
Usage of cannabis by Major League baseball players is not permitted. It's grounds for suspension and that's the case with many other sports as well. A Major League baseball player, Josh Hamilton, was suspended for usage of cannabis, as well as other banned substances, including PEDs.
One former baseball player, Dirk Hayhurst, thinks that there are baseball players who perform better on the field while they are under the influence of pot. However, those who use it are risking their careers. They may be suspended indefinitely.
Many Baseball Stadiums Allow Vaping
Some, but not all, baseball stadiums allow those who come to watch baseball action to vape as they relax and enjoy games. In particular, one stadium, FirstEnergy Stadium, which is home to the Reading Fightin Phils minor league baseball team, features a Vape Lounge for its visitors to use. However, in some other cases, vaping, along with cigarette smoking, is banned completely.
Examples of stadiums which ban vaping by attendees to games and other special events include Marlin Park and the Georgia Dome. Cannabis usage at games is not permitted anywhere at this point.
If you want to make sure that you'll be able to use an e-cigarette while you watch a game, call the Stadium and ask a representative whether or not vaping is permitted. This information may also be available at the official websites of stadiums. Chance are, you're not allowed, but more stadiums are permitting it than ever before, so it's worth checking.
How Does Vaping Affect Athletes?
As we mentioned earlier, the long-term effects of vaping are not fully understood. Some experts believe that it is healthier than smoking tobacco, while one controversial study showed that vaping may expose users to formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic. The study has been debunked by other experts, but it's still out there.