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Smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle linked to erectile dysfunction

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CF Donatucci has declared the following associations:

American Medical Systems – advisor, researcher

GlaxoSmithKline – speaker

Eli Lilly – researcher, speaker

Mentor Corporation – researcher

Pfizer – advisor, researcher, speaker

JM Greenfield declared he has no competing interests.

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Greenfield, J., Donatucci, C. Smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle linked to erectile dysfunction. Nat Rev Urol 4, 16–17 (2007).

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