There is nothing like sharing a post-coital drag on a cigarette with your lover. At least, that's the message pushed in countless sex scenes. In reality, cigarettes are far from erotic. Aside from the obvious cosmetic turn-offs like bad breath, cigarette chemicals irritate blood vessels, causing cholesterol to get stuck to artery walls. This gunk can stiffen into plaque, constricting blood flow and can make it hard to get stiff elsewhere. Vasoconstriction may also reduce circulation to lady parts, plus cigarettes are linked with increased risk of vaginal bacterial infections. Smoking is a vascular cock block and many smokers are now switching to e-cigarettes to avoid the unsexy effects of cigarettes. Studies show that quitting cigarettes boosts sexual arousal and satisfaction. So butt out for the love of the almighty smash.

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The Truth About Sex and Cigarettes

This is a sample from our ‘Quit Cigarettes’ mission, which is currently live in the UK. Our goal is to increase the amount of people in the UK who quit cigarettes. Read more about our first mission here.

There's nothing like a post-coital cigarette... at least that's what countless sex scenes from TV and film would have us believe. In reality, smoking is far from erotic. Here's why.