Can Smoking Make a Man Impotent?

There are many causes for impotence in man. But, heavy smoking is frequently cited as a contributory factor in the development of impotence.

How smoking causes impotence in man?

Nicotine encourages the blood vessels to squeeze tight, potentially slowing the flow of blood to the sex organ. A long-term habit can permanently damage arteries throughout the body, including those that feed the penis. When the blood vessels in the pelvic area are narrowed, that contributes to reduced penile blood flow and this causes impotence or erectile dysfunction. Smoking can damage the arteries that carry blood to the penis.

Facts about smoking and impotence in man:

  • Studies have shown that smokers have trouble getting and keeping an erection almost twice as often as non-smokers.
  • Smoking causes both acute and chronic effects on erectile physiology.
  • Doctors specializing in erectile dysfunction say that smoking is a reason why many men become impotent when they are middle-aged and older.
  • Impotence related to smoking can also affect men as young as 30 who have smoked for a long time.
  • Smoking a pack of cigarettes per day can increase the risk of impotence by up to 40 per cent.
  • Researchers surveying men in Australia concluded that erectile problems increase in direct proportion to the amount of cigarettes smoked.
  • More recently, in a 2006 Australian study of 8,367 men, researchers reported that smoking increased the likelihood of impotence by 27 percent and concluded it was “significantly associated with erectile dysfunction.”
  • The more a man smokes, the more he would likely that he suffers from erectile dysfunction.