Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction

Pretty much everybody, including smokers themselves, are aware of the risks of smoking. Many types of cancer (lung, kidney, larynx and head and neck, breast, bladder, esophagus, pancreas and stomach), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (shortness of breath, wheezing, persistent cough with sputum, damage to the lungs, emphysema and chronic bronchitis), heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, tuberculosis, common cold, bronchitis; they are all directly or indirectly related to the use of nicotine and tobacco. There is another medical condition that can be caused by smoking though, one that most people are not aware of, and it is erectile dysfunction.

We have been taught by movies and television shows that sophisticated individuals smoke a cigarette after sex, but this practice (or smoking elsewhere for that matter) may lead to a poor performance in the bedroom. Many studies over the years have linked smoking to impotence issues, and reasonably so. Atherosclerosis, one of the conditions mentioned above, is characterized by build up of plaque in the arteries, which decreases circulation through the blood vessels. Proper blood flow is fundamental to achieving healthy erections, so you may want to skip that smoke after sex, if you want to continue having sex.

Of course that's just words, but there are also numbers. Men who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day had a 60% higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction, compared to men who do not smoke at all. 15% of smokers have experienced erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. Men who currently smoke or have smoked in the past are about 30% more likely to suffer from impotence. Smokers may be thinking that they can simply pop a few pills, but even though that drug has been called both a 'wonder' and a 'miracle', it will have no effect on all the other life threatening conditions brought about by tobacco smoking.

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