If you’re a regular smoker, you probably don’t need any more reminders that it’s bad for your health. Over the last few decades, we’ve all been inundated with messages about the dangers of smoking – from cancer to heart disease, most of us understand that it’s a pretty nasty habit.
But what a lot of people (men in particular) don’t fully appreciate is just what a detrimental effect it can have on your sex life.
Let’s start with why smoking is bad for sex.
For starters, it reduces and compromises blood flow, and has a negative effect on your erections. How severe this can be varies, and is directly related to the number of cigarettes you smoke every day.
By quitting, you can dramatically improve the quality of your erections.
On top of that, quitting smoking will go a long way to improving your physical appearance.
Contrary to what some guys will tell you, women do care about a man’s looks. Smoking has been repeatedly shown to wreak havoc on the skin, promote premature wrinkles, stain the teeth, and cause bad breath – ALL things you want to avoid if you want to be getting more female attention.
How To Quit
In terms of how to actually quit, you have a few different options at your disposal. Which one you choose to go with will depend on your personality and preference.
Strategy #1 – Cold Turkey
This is the old school option. No tapering off, no compromises – you just QUIT.
While this is definitely the fastest option, it’s by far the most difficult. The guys who are usually able to pull this off tend to be incredibly strong willed. Many of them have an urgent reason (a major health crisis, for example) motivating them.
If you do choose to go this route, you can generally expect it to take about three days for the nicotine cravings to subside. After that, it’s all mental.
Strategy #2 – Slow And Steady
This is probably the more common strategy, in which you slowly taper off and reduce your use of cigarettes.
Although nicotine is no doubt incredibly addictive, what TRULY makes quitting smoking hard are all the little “mental associations” you build up.
Wake up in the morning? Coffee and a cigarette.
On a break at work? Smoke time.
Get home from work and plop down on the couch? Time to light up another cigarette.
All of these patterns build up cues in your brain, to the point where the faintest whiff of coffee in the morning can cause a craving. Trying to break ALL of them at once is incredibly hard.
The slow and steady approach allows you to slowly wean yourself off, breaking these little connections one at a time.
Strategy #3 – Consider Alternatives
The last option is to choose a “lesser of two evils” alternative.
In the past, this meant either going with the nicotine patch or gum. Today, you have the option of e-cigarettes and vaping.
And while vaping is not completely harmless, it is FAR less detrimental to your health than cigarettes (research in the UK suggests that it may be up to 95 percent safer).
Oh yeah, and it’s cheaper, tastier and smells about a million times better. Definitely an improvement.