Smoking Cigarettes, Erectile Dysfunction, and Cialis
Many of the iconic ultra-masculine heros of American cinema have been smokers—at least on screen. It's the bravado, the devil-may-care attitude, popping a cigarette in in the face of ultimate danger, like a man saying his last in a firing line. However, could the famous and often infamous characters of Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, and even James Dean have suffered from erectile dysfunction from time to time?
Studies seem to suggest as much.
Smoking Increases Risk of ED
Studies in Australia and the United States suggest that 40% of pack-a-day cigarette smokers suffer from erectile dysfunction at least one month out of every year. These studies tested men who smoked one or less than one pack every day and smokers who smoked more than a pack a day, from teenagers to 59-year-olds. Compared to the control group of non-smokers, smoking one pack or less a day makes you 24% more likely to have trouble keeping an erection.
Smoking more than one pack a day makes you 39% more likely to struggle with erectile dysfunction.
Smoking also significantly increases the risk of:
- Lung cancer
- Artery damage
- High blood pressure
- Eleven other types of cancer
- and more
Smoking is responsible for more deaths in the US each year than anything else. Over four-hundred thousands deaths annually in America alone—roughly one-fifth of all deaths.
So is ED the biggest concern? No. But many people don't fear their death and figure it's better to live your life the way you enjoy it - smoking, even if it means you will die sooner.
But erectile dysfunction is a big threat to living happily, as sex is an important part of mental health. If you had to choose between smoking and healthy erections, which would you choose?
The Indirect Effects of Smoking on ED
Some of the impact of cigarettes on erections comes indirectly. That is, there is a step in between the tobacco smoke and the erectile dysfunction.
That's because many of the conditions caused by smoking cigarettes also cause erectile dysfunction:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Arterial damage
- Increased stress and depression
The Direct Effects of Smoking on ED
Medicine has known for a long time that smoking affects the arteries and blood vessels. Sometimes it damages them and sometimes it causes them to shrink. At best, this leads to high blood pressure. At worst, this can contribute to strokes, heart attacks, and internal bleeding.
Most cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by difficulties in the circulation of blood. There is not enough stable flow to the genitals to get and keep an erection.
No surprise then that damage or shrinking to these arteries and blood vessels can cause erectile dysfunction.
How Smokers Stop Erectile Dysfunction
Before you hit the Cialis, try quitting smoking. After just one day without smoking, 40% of men in studies experienced improved erections. If you are under 50 years old, you have a very good chance to stop the erectile dysfunction before the effects are permanent—you just have to quit.
The other option is to get medicinal help. Cialis takes effect in just 10-15 minutes and lasts up to 36 hours. It works for 80% of men with ED. Look online for affordable Cialis.