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  • Cigarette smoking has been strongly linked to erectile dysfunction, if you smoke you have a 41% greater risk of having difficulty achieving an erection.
  • Erection problems in smokers may be an early warning signal that cigarettes are damaging other areas of the body, such as the blood vessels that supply the heart. This could indicate the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
  • Smoking raises blood pressure, which can cause hypertension (high blood pressure) – a risk factor for heart attacks and stroke.
  • Smoking worsens asthma and counteracts asthma medication by worsening the inflammation of the airways that the medicine tries to ease.
  • Smoking may destroy hair follicles, interfere with the way blood and hormones circulate in the scalp or increase the production of estrogen, resulting in moderate or severe hair loss.
  • Smokeless tobacco (snuff) gives you bad breath, gum erosion, and can make you lose your teeth. You could lose part of your tongue, mouth or throat to cancer.
  • The blood vessels in the eyes are sensitive and can be easily damaged by smoke. Heavy smokers are twice as likely to get macular degeneration, resulting in the gradual loss of eyesight.

Tobacco use among men remains a serious problem in New Hampshire: 100,700 men currently smoke, more than 1,000 men die every year from smoking, and 700 NH children have already lost their dad to smoking.

FATHER’S DAY DATA ON SMOKING DADS AND RELATED HARMS Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, June 6, 2011 PDF 0236 [accessed 2012 Feb]

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