Smoking may reduce penis size: time for the Viagra patch?



Monday 27 July 1998

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Press release27 July 1998 ASH
Action on Smoking
and Health

Smoking may reduce penis size: time for the Viagra patch?

Following early disclosure of a study into the link between reduced penis size andsmoking, ASH today called on the Government to broaden its health warnings andanti-smoking campaigns to include the whole range of afflictions caused by smoking.

“There may be people out there who don’t care at all about the risk ofgetting cancer later on, but might be really upset if they thought it was interfering withtheir sex life.” said Clive Bates, Director of ASH.

“The advantage of the penis from a communications point of view, is that it easyto imagine it shrivelled up and shrunken, whereas damage to other vital organs such as theheart is much less obvious or easy to visualise” continued Bates

Though size is not everything, and some men say it is not important at all, ASH couldoffer little comfort to anxious smokers: “There’s also reduced endurance andstamina, gum disease, tooth loss, snoring, grey skin, wrinkles, halitosis, lowered spermcount, and damaged sperm to worry about.” said Bates.

ASH also highlighted the paradoxical use of smoking as a signifier of good sex infilms, “Isn’t it strange that smoking a cigarette is so often associated withpost-coital bliss, but like so much of smoking imagery, the reality may be quitedifferent.”

The study was reported in today’s Observer and has not yet been published andconclusions must be tentative. However, there have been earlier studies on similar lines -though concentrating on impotence rather than penis size.

  1. Virag, Bouilly, Frydman : Is impotence an arterial disorder? A study of arterial risk factors in 440 impotent men, The Lancet, 1985; 1: 181-184.
  2. Condra et al, Prevalence and significance of tobacco smoking in impotence. Urology 1986; 27: 495-498.

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