How smoking affects your sex life

From compromising your health to altering your mood, there’s nothing sexy about smoking. Not only do nicotine & the added chemicals cause severe health issues overall, but it turns out that the all over habit acts as a major turn off too.


First off, multiple studies have proven than smoking is the ultimate sex-drive killer. Quit Genius depicted that non-smokers have nearly twice as much sex as their smoking counterparts. This is due to nicotine playing a big part when it comes to decreased sexual arousal and dissatisfaction in the bedroom.


Health-wise, it’s pretty common knowledge that smoking plays havoc with everything from your lung capacity to your blood circulation (we know YOU know). But how does this affect your time in the bedroom (or, anywhere else – we don’t judge)? Well, smoking narrows your blood vessels and it has been proven that smokers have a higher chance of atherosclerosis (aka clogged arteries). For women, having a poor circulation of blood has impacts on lubrication, which ultimately limits arousal. When it comes to men, smoking essentially makes getting an erection more difficult, and it can seriously impact its hardness too, Dr. Marc Laniado tells Cosmopolitan. But that’s not all – even when you do get an erection, Marc details that smoking makes it a lot harder to maintain it. Quickies should only happen out of choice, right?


On a less serious note, you’ll really want to stub it out if you’re single; a recent experiment conducted by ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) & Tinder revealed that the app’s users saved their swipes when it came to smokers. The experiment involved creating two profiles on the dating app using images of the same person, with one profile portraying them as a smoker and the other as a non-smoker. The results? Non-smoking profiles got TWICE as many matches as those portrayed to be of smokers. In other words, you SHOULD be getting FOMO over this one – giving up smoking could literally double up your date offers!


Now, we know looks aren’t everything, but who doesn’t want that extra confidence boost when you’re trying to break into the dating scene? Smoking is an all-over glow-killer. From ageing your skin beyond belief, to compromising the brightness of your smile and even thinning your hair, smoking & sex appeal don’t make good companions. Studies have shown that smoking can actually age your body by a whopping 10 (TEN!!!) years. Want a top tip? Quitting is definitely cheaper than stocking up on products that help reverse the damage.



*This piece is purely informational and not intended to minimise the seriousness of the impact smoking has on your overall health.