The World Anti-Doping Agency can take the first steps toward classifying
nicotine as a performance-enhancing drug today, when it meets to update
its list of substances prohibited in sport. WADA has received a report from
its accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, that describes
"alarming evidence" of nicotine use by athletes across 43 sports studied.
The performance-enhancing effects of nicotine included increased
"vigilance and cognitive function," and reduced stress and body weight.
Web Source: Associated Press (16 September 2011)