Smoking Increases Erectile Dysfunction Problems
A recent study announced in Med Page Today confirmed what we have known for years – smoking is bad for you.
The study was done, not on the usual suspects, like heart disease and cancer, but on erectile dysfunction (ED.)
As if we needed another addition to the Reasons Not to Smoke list.
Let’s review them.
From the “Health” point of view, we have the aforementioned heart disease and cancer. There’s also the loss of speech, as evidenced by those terrifying TV commercials of the lady talking with the device held to her throat, sounding like a robot while she warns you to quit smoking.
From the “Hygiene” point of view, there’s the atrocious bad breath. As anyone who has bussed a smoker can testify, it’s like kissing a dirty ashtray.
From the aesthetics point of view, we have the nicotine-stained yellow fingers.
Not to mention the lingering smell of smoking that permeates hair, clothing, car, and living space.
And, as if all that wasn’t enough, we can now add erectile dysfunction.
You would think that any one of these reasons, taken on their own, would suffice to make people stop smoking. But certainly in totality, yes?
Estimates say there are approximately 40 million smokers in the U.S.
And if cancer isn’t going to get them to stop, it’s an almost sure bet erectile dysfunction won’t.
How does smoking affect erectile dysfunction?
Cigarettes contain around 41,000 chemicals, some of which cause ED. Male smokers have an increased risk of erectile dysfunction because of the damage these chemicals can do to their blood vessels, narrowing the arteries and causing poor blood supply to the penis. Nicotine has a direct effect on the blood vessels that carry blood to the penis. This makes getting and maintaining an erection difficult.
Let’s look at just a few of the charmers among those 40,000-plus chemicals found in cigarettes:
Acetone (nail polish remover)
Ammonia (cleaning fluid)
Arsenic (favorite poison of the Brewster Sisters, Abby and Martha)
And those are just the ones beginning with the letter A.
Let’s not forget benzene, shellack, and for those of you who can’t wait until you’re embalmed – formaldehyde, too.
Each and every cigarette you smoke is a Pu-Pu Platter of Poison, a Smorgasbord of Shyte that will kill you.
And you PAY for the privilege, approximately $80.00 per carton? Are you INSANE?
It’s often said that men think with their penis. Well, your penis thinks you should stop smoking.
I’d close this blog by noting that it’s never too late to quit smoking, but that would not be true. Just ask the lady who talks like a robot. But if you haven’t reached that point yet then try the patch, try the gum, try hypnosis. Cut off your gnarly yellow fingers if you have to so you can’t hold a damn cigarette anymore.
Do SOMETHING. Do ANYTHING. But stop.
If not for you, then for your partner.
Or, as we have now learned, for your penis.