Can smoking cause erectile dysfunction?

Written by Rachel Giuliani

Sorry, smokers...

Sorry, smokers, here’s yet another reason to quit: smoking seems to be a pretty big factor in erectile dysfunction (sometimes called impotence).

The bad news

Smoking can damage your circulatory system, and that of course includes the small blood vessels of the penis. The risk of erectile dysfunction is higher for people who’ve ever smoked than those who never have, and smoking is the #1 cause of erectile dysfunction for people under 40. The longer you smoke, the harder the damage is to undo.

The good news

If you quit, you can reverse a lot of the effects. If you’re trying to quit, maybe the possibility of better sex would be a good addition to your list of motivators!

For those trying to quit smoking, we can help! You can do it, even if the path isn’t smooth. If you’re just starting to consider it, there are plenty of resources and medications that can help. The American Heart Association has some great tips on quitting, too.

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