The association of smoking and erectile dysfunction: results from the Fangchenggang Area Male Health and Examination Survey (FAMHES)

J Androl. 2012 Jan-Feb;33(1):59-65. doi: 10.2164/jandrol.110.012542. Epub 2011 Mar 24.


To describe the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) and its association with smoking and other risk factors among a large male population. Data were collected from 2686 men attending the Fangchenggang Area Male Health and Examination Survey from September 2009 to December 2009. ED was assessed using the 5-item International Index of Erectile Function. Self-reported smoking history was obtained from the questionnaire. Prevalence of ED was 49.5% among 2686 Chinese men in Fangchenggang aged 20-79 years. After adjusting for age, alcohol drinking, physical activity, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and obesity, smokers who smoked ≥20 cigarettes daily had a significantly increased risk of ED than never smokers (odds ratio [OR], 1.23; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.03-1.49; P = .02). After further adjustment for education, the risk of ED was still significantly higher in men smoking more than 23 years than never smokers (OR, 1.60; 95% CI, 1.22-2.09; P = .001). Association of age and education with ED was statistically significant after adjusting for the other variables. A history of diabetes and hypertension all increased the risk of ED, but statistically significant differences did not exist after adjustment for other variables. The association between smoking and ED risk in men was higher with a habit of drinking alcohol (OR, 1.32; 95% CI, 1.01-1.74) or physical inactivity (OR, 1.33; 95% CI, 1.05-1.67), or with a with a history of hypertension (OR, 1.71; 95% CI, 1.11-2.62), dyslipidemia (OR, 1.39; 95% CI, 1.06-1.81), and diabetes (OR, 2.69; 95% CI, 1.4-6.98). Our results show that heavy smoking might cause ED and that the duration of the habit increases the risk of ED. Furthermore, it highlights the potential interaction of smoking with other life habits or medical history on ED risk.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • China / epidemiology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / epidemiology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires