Believe it or not , in addition to turning us into a stiff it appears smoking also reduces the ability to get hard . Now as hard as this may be to accept it must surely prick our concience when unable to raise enough interest in one of our favourite past-times . This problem must be handled with care however without pointing the blame at anyone . So dear smokers , next time you light up a fag just think before you drag and say to drag or shag that is the question but seriously it is further proof that the weed is not good for male or female and with this effect well over to you . "Smoker's droop OPINION Ruth Ostrow | July 14, 2007 We are being bombarded with yet another set of anti-smoking ads, these ones showing a surgical procedure in explicit detail. The operation being performed is to help prevent risk of a stroke in a smoker due to blocked arteries in the neck, and there's no lack of blood and guts. Some people say the new campaign â€“ which has been given an M rating â€“ has gone too far. Personally, I donâ€™t think these graphic ads go far enough, or rather low enough. I was privy to an interesting discussion the other day. A friend was lamenting the problems her male partner of 37 was having due to flagging performance. Another friend, a health practitioner, asked: â€œDoes he smoke?â€ The answer was not only that he smokes up to two packets a day, but that heâ€™s been smoking for most of his life. The practitioner then went on to explain that sexual dysfunction is common in men who smoke. â€œIf advertisers really told the truth about how un-sexy smoking was, men wouldnâ€™t touch the stuff.â€ According to ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) and Tobacco-Free Kids, smoking doubles the risk of erectile dysfunction for men in their 30s and 40s. â€œIt seems to me that we have a serious case of â€˜smokers droopâ€™ on our hands,â€ ASH quotes Dr Ian Banks, chair of UK Menâ€™s Health Forum, as saying. Roger Kirby, a urologist at St Georgeâ€™s Hospital, London, says smoking not only damages small blood vessels, but there could also be a direct action on the smooth muscle within the penis. The same goes for women. Smoking has been linked to sexual dysfunction and loss of libido. Itâ€™s thought to be due to reduced blood flow to the vessels responsible for arousal â€“ the premise upon which â€œfemale Viagraâ€ was based. So I call for a full-frontal campaign. Why not show a gorgeous young couple getting into bed together. She is not interested: â€œSmoking affects female libido.â€ He coerces her but then canâ€™t do the deed: â€œSmoking affects performance.â€ I bet that would do more to put people off smoking than other, gorier tactics. As Joni Mitchell sings: â€œSex sells everything.â€ Why doesnâ€™t the anti-smoking lobby really get down â€˜nâ€™ dirty and use the absence of sex to sell its message? I bet a few graphic photos of a smokerâ€™s dismay would have sales, well, letâ€™s just say, flagging. www.ruthostrow.com "