Some years ago a user in a forum said that he/she attended many events and claimed that saw many skaters smoking. That was later confirmed by Joubert, by some skaters that admitted they had the habit after quitting it and by the incident at 2003 Worlds where some skaters illegaly smoked in the locker rooms. Skaters with cigarettes in their mouths were seen also in the smoking room at the airport by a goldenskate user.
Of course they are free to choose the path they want. But the question is: how is it possible to practice such a demanding sport as FS is, while smoking? I mean, when you smoke, you run out of breath easily. How is tobacco affecting their stamina? What about the health of their hearts? Isn't that dangerous to pressure the heart with cigarettes together with such a physically demanding sport?
Are they smoking because they don't want to gain weight? Weir confirmed that for himself in an interview. Or is just stress?
And how is that actually affecting their programs? Is nicotine negatively affecting their programs? I just imagine how much better Tonya would have been without that habit.