19 January 2006

Smoking is not sexy – smoking is ugly

Smoking can be hazardous to your sex life - cigarettes cause impotence and make you less attractive to the opposite sex. You should know about the effect smoking can have on your sex life:

2 men: 'Does smoking make you hard? Not if it means you can't get it up' - smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction by around 50 per cent for men in their 30s and 40s – lots of men in this age group are impotent as a direct result of cigarettes.

2 women: 'If you smoke, you stink' - for women, smoking causes bad breath, gum disease and tooth loss, makes skin less elastic and is a possible cause of cellulite.

70 percent of smokers want to stop smoking, however, with younger people, fears about attractiveness and fertility can be a stronger motivation to quit than fears about health. Men who are not inclined to quit to save their lives, save their heart, save their lungs may quit to save their sex life. Young women often think smoking is sexy and glamorous. But stained fingers and teeth, tooth loss, gum disease, bad breath — are anything but sexy and glamorous. Smoking also hastens the aging process most likely because of its adverse effect on estrogen. It can cause early menopause, facial wrinkling, permanent voice lowering and urinary incontinence. Smoking is not a way to keep thin and the benefits of quitting for women outweigh the possibility of any weight gain.

It is hard to say whether one's sex life will improve after quitting smoking, since there are many factors influencing sex life beyond genital sensation. Of course, quitting smoking would also eliminate stained teeth, unhealthy skin, rapid accumulation of wrinkles on the face, and clothing, hair, and breath that stink of smoke. That might improve one's sex life. Decreasing risk of cancer and heart disease — which tend to have negative effects on one's sex life — can also be sexy in the long run.

Quitting smoking can't do any harm to your sex life, so why not give it a try? Just keep in mind that, like pretty, sexy is as sexy does. If you are a smoker with premature facial wrinkling, yellowed skin, stained teeth and fingers, bad breath and an overall ashtray essence, sexy is not the word that comes to mind. Besides not looking your best, each cigarette decreases the number of years you could be sexy and healthy. However, if you decide to quit, almost immediately your body rejoices and begins to heal itself. If you discover a new realm of sensation during sex from smoking cessation, that's just one more positive aspect to add to the long list of benefits you already know about.

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