Smoking is Making You Soft.

There it is in writing. Smoking in men has been directly linked to erectile disfunction.

This is how it works.

Blood vessels carry blood, obviously, and blood carries oxygen. Oxygen is good for us because it prevents us from catching a case of death. It has long been known that nicotine causes blood vessels to narrow. This is true of all blood vessels, not just the ones around the heart, brain and lungs. After a period of time, continued constriction of the blood vessels causes a kind of atrophy, a stiffness- but not the fun kind- of the blood vessel walls. They stop functioning as normal, and a sticky plaque starts to settle on the sides of these non-flexible, immobile pathways. A lack of free-flowing oxygen means your heart has to work harder, which makes it larger, and voila, heart problems and we are back to death. But what does this have to do with your penis?

Everything.

Just like the veins in your chest and all over, the veins in your favourite snake are also getting clogged with plaque. To get a decent erection, you are going to need decent blood flow. If the veins in your penis are too narrow, your erection is not going to ‘be best’, as Melania Trump would say. And she may know.

And don’t go thinking this is an old man’s problem. Studies have conclusively shown that men in their 20’s are just as likely to suffer from smoking related erectile dysfunction as men in their 50s.

Your cigarettes do not know, nor do they care, how old and horny you are.

To add insult to injury, several studies published in the National Library of Medicine show that a lack of sexual performance has the psychological effect of lowering libido. The study shows that this affects both men AND woman. If your partner, no matter if you are female, male or any other sexual identity, cannot perform in bed, their libido will drop, and so will yours. It’s a kind of spiralling sexual depression.

Another published study in WEBMD shows that nicotine actually works as a depressant in sexual desire all by itself. Dr. Panayiotis M. Zavos, Director of the Andrology Institute of America and Professor of reproductive physiology and andrology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, found that non-smokers generally have twice as much sex every month than smokers. Smokers also rated their sexual satisfaction lower than non-smokers. Out of a score of 10, smokers on average rated their sexual satisfaction at a rather low 5.2, whereas non-smokers rated their satisfaction at 8.7.

Turns out that Mick Jagger fellow was right.

Stiff…cough…as it is to hear, smoking is doing more than ruining all your cells and increasing your chance of cancer. It may also be ruining your reputation as a straight-shooting, upstanding guy, hard on the outside and soft on the inside. Like a teddy bear. But with a soft penis.

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