06 December 2021

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Men who used e-cigarettes daily were more than twice as likely to report erectile dysfunction than those who had never used e-cigarettes, according to results published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Previous research has linked smoking to erectile dysfunction and CVD.

El Shahawy O, et al. Am J Prev Med. 2021; doi: 10.1016 / j.amepre.2021.08.004.

“Since many people use e-cigarettes as a form of smoking harm reduction or to help them quit smoking, we need to thoroughly investigate the relationship between vaping products and erectile dysfunction, and the implications. potential for men’s sexual health ” Omar ElShahawy, MD, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor in the population health department at NYU Langone, said in a press release.

El-Shahawy and colleagues analyzed information from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health 2016 to 2018 dataset. The analysis included 13,711 men aged 20 or older who answered a question about erectile dysfunction. . Among them, 11,207 men aged 20 to 65 had no history of cardiovascular disease.

Respondents reported their current and past smoking habits. Never smokers were characterized as having smoked less than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.

Overall, 53% of respondents were former cigarette smokers, 21% were current smokers and 14% used other tobacco products. In addition, 4.8% of the overall sample and 4.7% of the sample restricted to men with no history of CVD reported currently using an electronic cigarette. Of these, 2.1% and 2.5%, respectively, reported daily use.

Erectile dysfunction was reported by 20.7% of respondents in the overall sample and 10.2% of the small sample, according to El-Shahawy and colleagues.

The researchers found that daily users were more likely to report erectile dysfunction than ever before both users in the full sample (adjusted OR = 2.24; 95% CI, 1.5-3.34) and in the small sample (aOR = 2.41; 95% CI, 1.55- 3.74).

In the full sample, people with a history of CVD and those aged 65 or older were more likely to report erectile dysfunction (aOR = 1.39; 95% CI: 1.1-1.77) by compared to the small sample (aOR = 17.4; 95% CI, 12.15-24.91). Researchers observed a significant association between physical activity and a lower likelihood of erectile dysfunction in all respondents.

The association between e-cigarette use and reported erectile dysfunction remained in men under 65 with normal BMI and CVD-free, suggesting that the association persists despite a “relatively healthy population” , wrote the researchers.

“Our results underscore the need for further studies to contextualize how e-cigarettes are used, which are relatively safer than smoking,” El-Shahawy said in the statement.

The references:

Electronic cigarettes may be independently linked to erectile dysfunction, new research shows. https://nyulangone.org/news/e-cigarettes-may-be-independently-linked-erectile-dysfunction-new-research-finds. Posted December 1, 2021. Accessed December 2, 2021.

El Shahawy O, et al. Am J Prev Med. 2021; doi: 10.1016 / j.amepre.2021.08.004.