It’s no secret that smoking really isn’t good for our health – that’s something that we can all probably agree on.
With the advancements of science, we continue to find out just how bad it actually is and what other surprising side effects it could have on our wellbeing.
Speaking to The Mirror Mr Marc Laniado, Harley Street Urologist, explained one of the more surprising downsides: “I see erectile dysfunction a great deal.
“To have a firm erection, you need sufficient blood flow. Smokers have a higher incidence of artherosclerosis in all blood vessels, including those in the penis, which can reduce blood flow.
“The chemicals in smoke may also have an effect on firmness; nicotine causes blood vessels to become narrow. This can be temporary or – eventually – permanent.”
Mr Laniado explained: ”Often they will say ‘my erection is not so good, I don’t wake up with an erection in the morning as much as I used to or my penis isn’t quite so hard when I’m having sexual relations’.
“But also sometimes people say that their penis is getting shorter as they get older, as smoking stops the blood flowing through the penis, which stops the spontaneous and nightly erections that are needed to stretch the penis and keep it at a good length.
“So in summary smoking can make your penis appear shorter or in fact become shorter.”