Smoking is Bad for Your What?

Who says smoking is bad? Well, aside from the World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and every medical board and association on the face of the planet?

I wonder why so many men in the Middle East refuse to acknowledge that all of the facts point to one thing…”smoking is bad for you”.

Maybe we should try to approach the topic of smoking in a different way. Instead of saying “smoking is bad for you” lets rephrase it a little bit and say, “smoking is bad for your penis” or “smoking will destroy your sex life”.

Now did we get your attention?

Good! Now listen up…


It is sad to say, but men who are regular smokers have twice the risk of having problems with erectile dysfunction. Smoking causes spasms of the arteries in the penis, which reduces the blood supply. It also causes hardening of the arteries, and penile arteries are very delicate and are the first to be affected. These physiological changes can narrow the penile arteries leading to blockage of the blood flow, which can result in permanent damage to the erection mechanism (in some cases). We’re not done yet…lets add another barrier and that is the fact that nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means it tightens the blood vessels and restricts even more blood flow.

For all you young fella’s out there, just because you are in your prime sexual age doesn’t mean this can’t happen to you! Erectile dysfunction is strongest in younger males, and the more they smoke the more likely their package will not deliver in the time of need.

Now keep in mind that smoking is just one of the reasons for impotence, the others may include stress, hypertension, alcoholism, diabetes and prostate surgery. And although young smokers might not see the negative effects immediately, but they might just be setting themselves up for “failure” down the road.

Premature Ejaculation

Already?! We haven’t even started yet!

Yes…unfortunately there are far too many men that suffer from premature ejaculation. There are many different reasons as to why men have this issue, and one of them is smoking.

Smoking, which causes smokers to become addicts, can indirectly bring about problems with ejaculation, due to the fact that it causes many other health conditions that are harmful to your body and health. It can cause troubled breathing, cancer and emphysema, which can lead to problems in getting the required oxygen for your body and in turn enough oxygen to your genitalia. This lack of oxygen can impair the blood vessels and muscles of your penis. Smoking can also effect your strength and stamina, which are also to premature ejaculation.

Weakened Libido and Less Sex Appeal

There is no guarantee that your sex life will improve if you quit smoking, but keep in mind that there are many other things that can affect your sex life beyond stimulation in all the right areas. Quitting smoking would over time eliminate stained teeth, unhealthy skin, wrinkles on the face, and the clothing, hair and breath that smell of smoke, which are all unattractive and could deter your spouse from the desire of being intimate.

Men who are familiar with their problems, their desire to have sex decreases because of their inability to perform as well as they would like/want to. The same occurs with satisfaction. When having sex, a man may not be able to perform normally (such as keeping his erection for the regular amount of time) so he will not be satisfied with the experience. If he is unable to satisfy his partner like he did before as a result of any abnormalities linked to smoking, this may also cause lower satisfaction.

Yet awareness about the sexual damage smoking can cause is so low in the Middle East – the message simply isn’t out there. There are no anti-smoking campaigns, and men in the Middle East already act as if they are bullet-proof. Perhaps we would have a better chance of getting through by explaining why smoking means shooting themselves in the crotch.

With all of the ways that smoking can impact male sexual functioning, the question is what can be done to stop this harm. The best way to stop this harm is not to smoke at all. If a man is already a smoker, there are a variety of ways to quit smoking. No one-way is best for everyone. However, smokers must understand that they have a problem, which can harm their health in the short and long run in order to engage in behavior change. After recognizing the problem, smokers should work with their health practitioners to develop a personalized approach for stopping their smoking habit, which is supported by the best existing medical evidence at the time for the sake of their health, and for the sake of their sexual partners too.

This article expresses the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Karaz