Smoking and infertility: a committee opinion

Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

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Approximately 21% of women of reproductive age and 22% of men of reproductive age in the United States smoke cigarettes. Substantial harmful effects of cigarette smoke on fecundity and reproduction have become apparent but are not generally appreciated. This committee opinion reviews the potential deleterious effects of smoking on conception, ovarian follicular dynamics, sperm parameters, gamete mutations, early pregnancy, and assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes. It also reviews the current status of smoking cessation strategies. This document replaces the 2012 ASRM Practice Committee document of the same name (Fertil Steril 2012;98:1400–6). Earn online CME credit related to this document at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-618
Number of pages8
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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