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What is the link between smoking and impotence or erectile dysfunction?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
Nicotine is a very strong vasoconstrictor, which means that it causes arteries to tighten and prevents blood flow to the arteries of the penis. Studies show that men who smoke are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction (ED) than nonsmokers. Smoking also increases the risk of heart disease (a risk factor for ED).

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