Electronic cigarettes may be linked to erectile dysfunction

Although past research has delved into the association between traditional smoking and erectile dysfunction, not much is known when it comes to e-cigarettes.

As part of a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the findings suggest that men between 20 and 65 years of age with no past history of cardiovascular disease but who consume e-cigarettes on a daily basis may be twice as likely to experience erectile dysfunction compared to their counterparts.

“Data from Wave 4 (2016–2018) of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study were analyzed in 2020,” the AJPM study reads.

According to researchers, the use of e-cigarettes is purported to be associated with erectile dysfunction independent of “age, cardiovascular disease, and other risk factors.”

“Abundant evidence suggests that nicotine prevents vasodilatation of blood vessels and reduces blood flow, which impairs normal erectile function and negatively affects male sexual performance,” researchers concluded in a news release.

“Further longitudinal evaluation on the long-term health impacts of electronic nicotine delivery devices should be performed to clarify whether electronic nicotine delivery devices use is an independent risk factor for the development of erectile dysfunction.”

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