Tobacco – Fertility's enemy

Tobacco – Fertility's enemy

Tobacco damages fertility

The ability to conceive in each person is predetermined by genetic factors and it is modulated along the whole life by biological and environmental factors.

Obviously there are many factors that are related with a person's fertility. Biological factors such as age and genetic inheritance are well known and we can not change them. Other factors depend on our habits and the chosen life style, so we are able to change them. Factors such as having an unhealthy life and the use of tobacco and alcohol, which generate oxidative stress by means of the production of free radicals and cellular aging, must be specially considered if a couple wants to get pregnant.

Passive tobacco use:

Unfortunately the passive exposure to cigarette smoke is only lightly inferior to the active tobacco use. This is important to consider when the couple wants to have a baby. Therefore, it is important to control the environments and avoid visiting places where it can be smoked. In this way the chances of getting pregnant increase since it is well known that passive tobacco use also affects fertility.

Further, passive tobacco has been associated to the risk of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and it increases in smoking homes. Therefore it is very important to quit smoking in order to protect the health of the future baby.

Last, tobacco smoke has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a carcinogen with damaging effects for adult's and children's health.


Light tobacco or low nicotine tobacco: According to experts, light and low nicotine cigarettes are as harmful as the ones with full nicotine. Many countries are planning to prohibit this tobacco too because people may think that it is more healthy but this is not the case because smokers take longer 'hits' while smoking light or low nicotine cigarettes and thus, they absorb the same amount of nicotine.