Nicotine is the primary psychotropic substance in tobacco and its relevance for erections is that it disrupts a wide range of neurotransmitters, some of which are required for an erection. We will examine the chain reaction required for an erection to happen in Step 5, but for now, we can borrow from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the USA that ED is approximately 85 percent higher in male smokers compared to non-smokers and increases the risk of ED more than 50 per cent in men in the 30-40 year age group.

Apart from the disruption to necessary neurotransmitters each puff also introduces millions of free radicals into a smoker’s body. These free radicals interfere with the desired effect of Nitric Oxide. So, you can forget all the cinematic marketing association of smoking with sex. It is a major source of ED Viagra Online Australia and unfortunately, its severe addiction properties is a major hindrance to the enjoyment of sex.

The most serious long term damage of smoking is artery disease. It is called Atherosclerosis and we have reviewed it in the Heart section above. It is worth repeating that it means a narrowing or blockage of the arteries and inhibits blood flow. It is so toxic for blood vessel health that even second hand smoking has been found to affect ED. Apart from ED, nicotine and other cigarette ingredients also cause reduced volume of ejaculation, low sperm count, and sperm problems. Need I say more?

Is it a lost cause? Whilst Atherosclerosis is not reversible, the good news is that on giving up smoking, risk of developing smoking related diseases like cardiovascular problems diminishes dramatically within a few years. But developed problems may be irreversible. Here is a summary of smoking effects on erections:

* Acute, Low Dose use: Possible decreased erection increasing with Age and Diabetes.

* Acute, High Dose use: Erection problems.

* Chronic use: Dose-driven ED problems.

* In Withdrawal mode: ED problems may be irreversible with long term use; possible return to normal function.

* Post Withdrawal phase: ED problems may be irreversible with long term use; possible return to normal function.

We can safely conclude that if you are a long term smoker and do suffer from ED then it is a contributory source of your ED and you need to look at giving up smoking as an initial step. Hard, I know, but we are talking about getting the most out of life’s most beautiful experiences here.

If you are hooked and just cannot give up, research has shown that high doses of vitamin С and E and other antioxidants can help restore some production of Nitric Oxide in smokers. We are talking about high doses here – lOOOmg of Vitamin С and 800iu of vitamin E and a high dosage of anything as a supplement usually has side effects and cannot be a good thing. Also Researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland discovered that Taurine, an amino acid found in fish, helps heal nicotine damaged arteries. My recommended Nutrition advice in Step 6 incorporates normal inputs of these.

Even if there aren’t other sources and you do stop smoking, the Therapy exercises are still needed to get your mind (Step 8), body (Step 9), and favourable expression of your sexual needs (Step 10) to treat the resultant ED condition that has developed. Step 6: Lifestyle and Nutrition is a must for all smokers.