New York: Smoking could ruin your sex life as it can increase the risk of erectile dysfunction among men, says a new study.
And the more cigarettes smoked, the greater the risk, found the research that studied 7,684 men between the ages of 35-74.
The researchers led by Jiang He, professor of epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, examined the association between cigarette smoking and erectile dysfunction.
They used questionnaires to assess the participants - none of whom had vascular disease.
The study found that there was a significant statistical link between the number of cigarettes that men smoked and the likelihood of them experiencing erectile dysfunction, reported science portal EurekAlert.
The link between smoking and erectile dysfunction was even stronger in participants with diabetes.
Although erectile dysfunction is not a life-threatening condition, it compromises well-being and quality of life.
The Tulane study results suggest that smoking prevention should be an important approach for reducing the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Smoking is already known for causing 87 per cent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems.