Smoking and Impotence

We have lost the sense of attention towards the harmful effects of smoking like heart diseases, lung cancer, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, larynx cancer, this cancer, that cancer and the big list goes on. We hear so much about it repeatedly that we don’t even care if this cigarette is really pushing us closer to death. What we care more about is the ‘Addiction’ that we think is ahead of our health, doctor’s advice and all our loved ones who want us to quit smoking.

Starting from the recent key facts published by WHO in May 2012, highlighting: “Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of whom more than 5 million are users and ex users and more than 600 000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030.” Now do you want that for yourself or to the child who you want to bring to this world? You must have heard so less about the infertility that is caused by tobacco smoke. Shortly, I will tell you that cigarette is not just physical and psychological addiction; cancers and other innumerable diseases but it is way more than this.

Research reveals that smoking can cause decrease in fertility and can cause impotence. According to the Tobacco Reference Guide “Smoking seriously reduces blood flow to the penis, in some instances causing impotence.” Now if you don’t fear death or cancers but you surely will fear impotence and try giving up your addiction. A lot of people believe that smoking make them feel like a real man but how would you feel like a man even when you are INCAPABLE, let alone real? Clearly you don’t know what really need to be acquainted with.

An interesting poll revealed the ignorance of 88% of smokers about the link between ‘Smoking and Impotence’.
Light bulb! Instead of writing “Smoking is injurious to health” at the spine of cigarette pack, the companies should write “Smoking can make you impotent”; but I am sure the cigarette companies will begin to face considerable loss once this awareness is spread. So to the women who are reading this, you can convince your tobacco-fond husband to actually quit smoking by making them aware about the erectile dysfunction, consequently no sex life and inability to conceive! The men after reading this should be worried enough to quit the addiction. Nevertheless, when it comes to quitting, young men think they will quit well before the cancer or heart diseases get them and they are doing nothing but giving themselves excuses with the deep-down intention of never quitting. “But the prospect that they might wreck their sex lives just might make them stop and think.” as suggested by Dr Bill O’Neill, tobacco adviser to the BMA and reported by BBC.

Likewise, the couples who are seriously trying to conceive must look into this thoughtfully too. Besides other reasons, men’s smoking has a serious effect on the ability to conceive.

Moreover, if you are not devastated enough to have impotence and the nature takes its route to fertile the womb, even then your baby is not safe if one or both the parents are tobacco smokers. Smoking rate is generally much higher in men as compared to women. The few who smoke when they are pregnant give birth to underweight babies and not just that but preterm delivery, intra-uterine growth restriction, prenatal deaths and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are evident. Other unwanted outcomes include reduced head circumference, altered lung structure and distorted brainstem development in the baby. Maternal smoking is not alone to blame when the pregnant woman is exposed to the second hand smoke by her husband which causes the same adverse outcomes. For further reading click ‘Passive Smoking Increases Risk of Stillbirth and Birth Defects

Now is the time to pause and think to make a choice – tobacco or sex; Smoking or impotence; Cigarette or healthy baby? Just weigh and consider. A caring one would make a wise choice for himself, his spouse and his long-awaited baby!

This Article is Written by “Ghalia Akram” Senior Author At

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2 Comments on “Smoking and Impotence”

  1. A lot of people believe that smoking make them feel like a real man but how would you feel like a man even  in bad conditions

  2. A lot of people believe that smoking make them feel like a real man but how would you feel like a man even  in bad conditions

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