Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a distressing condition that significantly compromises the quality of life of men worldwide. It is defined as the inability to attain and maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse.
Worldwide it is estimated that there are approximately 26 new cases of ED per 1,000 men, and in the U.S., 1 in every 5 men aged ≥20 years reports some degree of ED.
Although ED is commonly seen in older adults (aged >65 years),5 there are underlying pathological and psychological conditions associated with ED that are independent of age, including cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Tobacco use is an independent known risk factor for ED, and smoking has been associated with changes in penile vasculature that are directly associated with ED.
New Study Findings
A recently published study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that men who vape have a higher risk of erectile dysfunction compared to non-vapers.
According to their findings, men who use e-cigarettes are more than twice as likely to experience erectile dysfunction compared to those who don’t vape, regardless of their other risk factors.
The study included 13,711 adult men aged ≥20 years from the Southern region of the U.S. Most participants had no previous diagnosis of diabetes (87.8%) or CVD (85.0%).
Some people may find vaping as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but according to different research studies, it is not as safetity as people might think.
Abundant evidence suggests that nicotine prevents vasodilatation of blood vessels and reduces blood flow, which impairs normal erectile function and negatively affects male sexual performance.
Omager El-Shahawy, et al. Association of E-Cigarettes With Erectile Dysfunction: The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study. Ame Jou of Prev Med. 2021. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2021.08.004