3 Smoking Risks That Will Surprise You

woman blowing cigarette smoke

We know that smoking is linked to lung cancer and increases your risk for a heart attack, coronary heart disease, stroke and emphysema, just to name a few. But, did you know that smoking can lead to other serious issues? Here are three more surprising reasons to finally put that cigarette down.

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1. Erectile Dysfunction

According to a study published in the Addiction Behavior, men who smoked just two cigarettes experienced softer erections. And get this: In addition to affecting a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection, smoking may cause his penis to shrink over time. Oh my!

2. Sagging Breasts

Listen up ladies! It’s believed that smoking causes your breasts to droop. How? Well, smoking breaks down elastin – this is a component that makes the breasts firm and gives them that perky look. When that elasticity disappears, all that you’re left with are sagging breasts. Not fun.

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3. Infertility

If you’re a smoker and your hope is have a baby someday, take this bit of advice: stop smoking. Women who smoke often struggle to conceive, experience infertility at higher rates and are more likely to suffer from a miscarriage. And ladies, if your man smokes, he could be hurting your chances of having a baby, too! Studies show that men who smoke have a lower sperm count compared to men who don’t smoke.

 

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