Erectile dysfunction is often associated with older men, but it can also affect younger individuals. Studies indicate that about 76.5% of the global male population[1] experience difficulties with their erections. If you’re young and having problems with achieving a healthy erection, it’s important to consider potential contributing factors. Emerging studies suggest that vaping may be linked to symptoms of erectile dysfunction, so it’s worth exploring this connection further.

Vaping and Erectile Function: Should You Be Concerned?

Vaping involves the use of an e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette, that usually heats up oil to produce smoke. You inhale the smoke into your lungs and exhale it. It is similar to smoking a regular cigarette but is sometimes thought to be safer because vaping omits the use of certain chemicals that are commonly found in cigarettes.

As the vapor reaches your lungs, nicotine and certain chemicals in the heated liquid will enter your bloodstream.

One thing that vaping and using standard cigarettes have in common is that the main ingredient is nicotine, which makes these products highly addictive and harmful to the human body.

Some studies have suggested a potential link between the nicotine content in vaping products and erectile dysfunction in men. In one study[2], researchers pointed out a connection between erectile dysfunction and the use of e-cigarettes. The researchers also confirmed that this association applies to all age groups, independent of typical risk factors associated with erectile dysfunction.

How Does Nicotine Affect Erections

While these studies have confirmed the connection, it’s important to understand why it happens. For this, we need to consider what nicotine does to your body but also look at how an erection works.

When you’re aroused, one of the most important things that help with an erection is proper blood flow. During an erection, more blood is pushed into your penis. This is what causes the erection to develop. Healthy blood circulation means there’s enough blood to make your penis hard. However, when blood flow is not optimal, you will experience a less firm erection or you may also have difficulty achieving and maintaining one.

Now, what does this have to do with vaping? When you vape, nicotine enters your bloodstream through your lungs. This chemical causes blood vessels to constrict, which also means it slows down blood circulation.

As blood circulation slows down, you may find it difficult to get an erection. Remember, this means that there’s not enough blood to enter your penis quickly and cause an erection.

Nicotine’s Impact on Overall Sexual Function

You now have an idea of how nicotine can cause problems with your erections. However, studies have found that this chemical can affect your libido or sex drive.

Libido refers to how quickly you become sexually aroused. High libido means a strong desire for sex while low libido can hinder sexual activity due to lack of interest or arousal.

Nicotine can also have an impact on your sex drive. When it decreases your libido, you may not feel like having sex, which can further lead to erectile dysfunction. While healthy blood circulation plays a critical role in achieving an erection, your brain has to send specific signals throughout your body.

With a low libido, it usually means your brain isn’t as active in sending out these signals. You may sometimes find that you get an erection, but it goes away quickly. Other things may start to cloud your mind during sex, which makes you lose interest in the activity.

There’s also a link between nicotine and testosterone. Some people ask if nicotine lowers testosterone.

It seems like nicotine reduces your body’s ability to properly break down testosterone[3]. The high levels of this hormone in smokers make some people ask if nicotine is good for testosterone, but the long-term answer is no.

Nicotine can also have an impact on your immune system and trigger inflammatory responses. This may increase your risk of problems like balanitis, which can affect your confidence and abilities in the bedroom even further.

Are All Types of Vaping Harmful to Your Sexual Health?

When you take a look at marketing materials for vaping products, you’ll often come across ones that claim the e-cigarette has no nicotine in it.

When a vaping product claims to contain no nicotine, it may seem like it won’t have any harmful impact on your sexual health. However, this is often a false marketing claim. Some studies have examined various vaping products to determine whether they truly do not contain nicotine.

In one study[4], researchers assessed a large number of vaping products to determine the nicotine content. This included standard products and those marketed to contain no nicotine. To the surprise of the researchers, 99% of disposable e-cigarettes contained nicotine. Among rechargeable devices, nicotine was found in 99.7% of products. They also found nicotine in 98.8% of refills used with non-disposable products.

What this study essentially means is that even if you decide to opt for a vape that doesn’t contain nicotine, there’s a very good chance that it does.

Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that the liquids used in these products usually contain nicotine salts. This form of the chemical allows your body to absorb a higher concentration of nicotine. Thus, the effect of nicotine on your blood circulation and mind tends to be stronger.

It’s also possible to add other types of compounds to a vaping product. This raises questions like “Can smoking weed every day cause erectile dysfunction?” In such a case, you may experience lost sensitivity erectile dysfunction, due to the numbing effects of cannabis.

While it’s possible to use sex pills for men to counter these effects, the use of such a supplement or medication could potentially lead to side effects.

Other Potential Hazards of Vaping

We’ve now talked about the fact that vaping may be a factor that’s contributing to your poor performance in the bedroom. However, it’s important to note that some other dangers and hazards have also been linked to these products.

There’s the fact that nicotine is an addictive chemical. The longer you use vaping products, the harder it becomes to stop using them.

Let’s take a look at some of the other potential hazards linked to the use of vaping products:

  • Certain chemicals used in the liquids that e-cigarettes heat up to produce a vapor can cause inflammation in your lungs. When this happens, it can result in lung-related damage.

  • There’s evidence that vaping may affect your heart in certain ways that make it more susceptible to infections. This means that vaping also affects your heart and cardiovascular health.

  • You’re also more likely to move on to cigarettes if you vape. Cigarettes introduce a whole new level of dangers due to the chemicals manufacturers mix with the tobacco.

  • The nicotine in the vaping products that you use can also have an impact on your blood pressure. Studies have shown that nicotine is a type of stimulant that causes an increase in blood pressure. It’s even worse for people who already have issues with high blood pressure.

If you have asthma or another type of existing lung condition, then vaping could potentially worsen the symptoms you experience.

The vapor that these products produce can also irritate your mouth, throat, and lungs. This can cause swelling of tissues in these areas, as well as result in regular coughing.

By understanding these risks and hazards, it’s easy to see why quitting is a good option. However, if you’ve become addicted to nicotine, then it might not be as simple as just putting down the vape. Luckily, your doctor can usually help you work on a program that can make quitting easier.


While vaping has become a trend, and some even consider it better than cigarette smoking, this habit is not without its risks. Studies have revealed a connection between vaping and erectile dysfunction. Vaping also increases your risk of heart problems, and lung damage, and can worsen existing conditions. Giving up can be tricky since nicotine is addictive, but it’s possible.





Amr Adel Helmy is a 29-year-old pharmacist who has established himself as an experienced medical content writer. He holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the esteemed Faculty of Pharmacy at Alexandria University. Amr's passion for writing stemmed from his interest in healthcare, and he combined his knowledge of the medical field with his creative flair to become a proficient content writer. Throughout his career, Amr has worked on various projects, including medical articles, research papers, and informative blog posts for clients in the healthcare industry. He has a comprehensive understanding of medical terminology and can translate complex medical jargon into easily understandable language for the general public. Amr's dedication to his craft is reflected in the quality of his work, and his attention to detail ensures that each piece of content he writes is accurate, informative, and engaging. When he's not working, Amr enjoys reading about the latest advancements in healthcare and spending time with his loved ones.


  • Bachelor of pharmacy from Alexandria university
  • 2012-2017

Work Experience

  • Pharmacist - Al Azaby Pharmacies 2012-2014
  • Pharmacist – Khalil Pharmacies 2014-present
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