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Apnea and Nicotine?

OrcaOrca

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Hey fishies!

There's something that's been weighing on my mind since I started getting more serious about my freediving goals and possibly competing in the future. I've been using nicotine pouches (don't know how common they are outside of Scandinavia, but they're little white pouches you put under your upper lip -- most contain tobacco as well but the type I use is white) for a few years, and I've been wondering what affect it's having on my times.

Obviously, I get that smoking has a hugely negative effect on your performance due to the toll the smoke in itself takes on your lungs, but nicotine overall also contributes to elevated heart rate and raised blood pressure.

So, does anyone have any experience with this? Do you find that quitting nicotine has had a positive influence on your breath-hold times? Through the power of magical thinking, I like to believe that it doesn't make a huge difference, but realistically, it probably would, and I will quit if necessary.

Thoughts on this and sharing personal experience would be much appreciated!!

-- OrcaOrca
 
If you're thinking of competing quit! Nicotine also hardens and narrows your arteries bringing less blood to the heart and weakening it. This will obviously be detrimental to the amount of o2 your body is carrying and will get serious at depth.
I've been on and off a snus user for years. I haven't had any for over a year now and a feel better for it. I've never been interested in competition, but I can say whenever I've been off it for any length of time my dives feel much more comfortable.
 
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If you're thinking of competing quit! Nicotine also hardens and narrows your arteries bringing less blood to the heart and weakening it. This will obviously be detrimental to the amount of o2 your body is carrying and will get serious at depth.
I've been on and off a snus user for years. I haven't had any for over a year now and a feel better for it. I've never been interested in competition, but I can say whenever I've been off it for any length of time my dives feel much more comfortable.
Thanks for your reply! I guess I'll bite the bullet then -- today is my last day of snus. I might be grumpy for a few days but I've no doubt it'll be worth it!
 
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Thanks for your reply! I guess I'll bite the bullet then -- today is my last day of snus. I might be grumpy for a few days but I've no doubt it'll be worth it!
Snus is weird. I actually find it very easy to give up, but once I take 1 portion, buy one 1 box.....bang! I'm addicted again and start taking it all day. Complete cold turkey is the only way :cool:. Good luck.
 
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Snus is weird. I actually find it very easy to give up, but once I take 1 portion, buy one 1 box.....bang! I'm addicted again and start taking it all day. Complete cold turkey is the only way :cool:. Good luck.
I did quit once before, properly quit, but then made a conscious decision to start again because I felt it was worth it -- it's been the one vice I've allowed myself haha. So I know it can be done, but man it is NOT fun. I get these weird snack cravings. :cautious:
 
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