Lighting up could be slowing men down in the bedroom, a new research has suggested.
Researchers have found that men who successfully stopped smoking saw greater improvements in sexual health compared to those who relapsed following a quit-smoking programme.
Study author Christopher Harte from the VA Boston Healthcare System said the findings could influence male smokers’ decisions to start the quitting process.
“With younger men, the risks of smoking in that population appear more far off. They think, “I don””t really need to worry about this until much farther down the road,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
Harte and co-author Cindy Meston from the University of Texas at Austin enrolled 65 men without self-reported impotence in an eight-week quit smoking program using nicotine patches.
Before treatment, halfway through and a few weeks after, they brought the men into a locked lab and showed them a racy film.
While they watched, men kept track of how aroused they were and measurements were taken. They also filled out surveys about their general sexual health.
By the end of the study, 20 men had not lit up in at least a week, while 45 men were still smoking.
Researchers found that quitters experienced greater sexual arousal and became excited more quickly compared to non-quitters.