Australian Captain Spotted Vaping During Tense Run Chase


Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has hit the headlines this weekend, after being spotted vaping on camera during an IPL game.

With the batsman’s Royal Challengers Bangalore side needing ten runs to win from the final over of their IPL 2020 contest with the Rajasthan Royals, the tension was clearly too much to take. Live cameras focused on Finch as he watched proceedings with RBC teammate Shahbaz Ahmed, while vaping from an electronic cigarette.

RCB Cement Tense Victory

A superb innings from South African legend AB de Villiers ultimately led RCB to successfully chase down their target of 178 with two balls to spare, cementing a seven-wicket victory with the batsman’s unbeaten 55. The victory takes Virat Kohli’s side to third in the IPL standings after nine games played.

It was Finch’s tension-relieving actions that set tongues wagging on social media, however, with many fans commenting on his use of an e-cigarette during the match. Of course, it’s not the first time cricket stars have been seen consuming tobacco products over the course of a game; Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes have both admitted to smoking during crucial World Cup matches for their respective countries.

Nicotine usage has long been linked with professional athletes, due to its reported short-term alertness benefits. With smoking becoming increasingly taboo, sports stars have turned to vaping and the use of snus – where the product is ‘dipped’ and held against the gum, as an alternative to smoking.

What’s the Status of Snus in the UK?

Despite its popularity particularly in Scandinavia and the United States, snus is not legal in the UK, with tobacco-free nicotine pouches such as Nordic Spirit instead becoming increasingly prominent in the country. The product allows the user more discretion and convenience than smoking or vaping; particularly important for professional athletes whose actions, as in the case of Finch, coming under constant scrutiny.

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