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Vaping men ‘twice as likely to disappoint in the bedroom’

- By Shaun Wooller Health Correspond­ent

MEN who use e-cigarettes are more than twice as likely to suffer erectile dysfunctio­n, a study suggests.

A high level of nicotine in the vaping liquid is thought to hamper the ability of blood vessels to dilate, reducing blood flow to the penis. Even fluids without nicotine contain chemicals that may reduce the amount of testostero­ne in the body. As England prepares to become the first country in the world to prescribe e-cigarettes to help smokers quit, scientists from New York University say vapers should be warned the devices may harm their love life.

They studied 11,207 males aged 20 to 65 with no history of cardiovasc­ular disease.

Analysis revealed daily vapers were 2.41-times more likely to suffer erectile dysfunctio­n than men who had never vaped. Writing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researcher­s said users ‘should be informed about the possible associatio­n’.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said opening the door to licensed e-cigarettes on the NHS has the ‘potential to tackle the stark disparitie­s in smoking rates across the country, helping people stop smoking wherever they live’.

The move comes despite the World Health Organisati­on saying last year the devices were ‘undoubtedl­y harmful’.

Supporters point to British research estimating that in 2017 they helped more than 50,000 smokers in England to quit. Smoking is the leading cause of preventabl­e death in the UK.

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