World No Tobacco Day
Each year World No Tobacco Day is held on the 31st May, with the goal of spreading awareness about the risks of tobacco use. Cigarette smoking is an independent risk factor for erectile dysfunction.
In the recent March-May 2022 edition of European Urology Today, section editor Prof. Oliver Reich (DE) gave his expert commentary on the article, The impact of smoking on sexual function, published by Mima M, Huang JB, Andriole GL, Freedland SJ, Ohlander SJ, and Moreira DM ((BJU Int. 2022 Feb 15. doi: 10.1111/bju.15711).
"The authors aimed to evaluate the hypothesis that there is an improvement in sexual function following smoking cessation (as smoking is a well-established risk factor for sexual dysfunction). They analysed the association between cigarette smoking and smoking cessation with sexual function among participants of the REduction by DUtasteride of prostate Cancer Events (REDUCE) study. "
"In conclusion, cigarette smoking was associated with worse sexual health compared to non-smokers, while former smokers had better erectile function and libido than current smokers. Smoking cessation may improve male sexual health, and counselling on smoking cessation may be considered."
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