SEXUAL HEALTH: Smoking, bad for sex.

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We’re all familiar with the scene: a low-lit bedroom, a couple on their backs lying next to each other with looks of satisfied smugness, perhaps a few beads of sweat on their foreheads – and a cigarette. Hollywood long ago embedded the image of a couple smoking in bed to mean: sex has just taken place.

I’m not a smoker, so I’ve never understood the “after sex cigarette.” Lighting up is the last thing on my mind – in fact, I don’t think it’s ever crossed my mind.

In 2005, the British government launched anti-smoking ads aimed at youths that stated smoking was bad for your sex life “because it makes men impotent and women ugly,” according to Reuters. Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is the inability to get “a good enough erection to achieve satisfactory intercourse,” according to Net.doctor.co.uk. The government felt these messages would be more effective in persuading youths to quit or avoid smoking rather than highlighting the usual detrimental consequences and statistics associated with smoking of previous ads. The ads were said to attack youth’s “fears about their sexual attractiveness.”

The Public Health Minister Caroline Flint was quoted as saying, “with younger people, fears about attractiveness and fertility can be a stronger motivation to quit than fears about health.”

More recently in February, the American Medical Association Alliance (AMA Alliance) demanded Warner Brothers and Time Warner to improve on their monitoring of tobacco images and sequences in their films. The complaint was stirred because of the tobacco images in the recently released PG-13 rated film, “He’s Just Not That Into you.” In the interview with the New York Times AMA Alliance Director Melissa Walthers said studies have shown that smoking in films triggers an estimated 200,000 youths to take up smoking.

In 2003 WebMD reported that smoking was a major contributor to impotence, according to a study. The study explained that smoking and impotence were both associated with atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up in the arteries, which blocks blood from flowing through vessels. An erection occurs when the penis becomes engorged with blood. Hence, if the blood cannot flow freely to reach the penis – then you don’t have lift off.   

The study also showed that men who smoked more than 20 cigarettes daily had a 60% higher risk of erectile dysfunction compared to men who didn’t smoke. Also, men who smoke or previously smoked were 30% more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.

Do yourself and your partner a favor and quit smoking or don’t take it up. Unless you don’t care about your lover; then you should encourage your partner to smoke like the woman in this commercial.

 – JD

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