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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 2016, Article ID 2684090, 5 pages
Research Article

Tobacco Use and Its Health Effects among Professional Athletes in Qatar

1Sport Science Program, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar
2Department of Global and Public Health, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Education City, Qatar Foundation, P.O. Box 24144, Doha, Qatar

Received 19 August 2016; Revised 31 October 2016; Accepted 8 November 2016

Academic Editor: Alice M. Turner

Copyright © 2016 Zaina Chaabane et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The objective of the study was to determine the effects of tobacco use on selected markers of health and lung function in professional athletes. A total of 108 male professional athletes participated in the study from ten ball game teams in the same sport league in Qatar (age  yrs, height  cm, and weight  kg). The athletes have been playing professionally for about 6.3 years on average. In addition to demographic and tobacco use status, the following clinical variables were measured: resting blood pressure, heart rate, FVC,  sec, and PEF. The prevalence of tobacco use among the athletes was 27.7%. The FVC, FVC%, and % were significantly lower among the smokers compared to the nonsmokers (, 0.044, and 0.001, resp.). There were no significant differences between cigarettes smokers and nonsmokers in BP, HR, , /FVC, PEF, and PEF%. Similarly, those who smoked shisha had lower % values as compared to those who did not smoke shisha . The decrease of and FVC among smokers compared to nonsmokers is similar to what has been reported in the literature about other populations.