Smoking Can Cause Blindness-Study

Posted on October 30, 2013


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Smoking is one of the five health risk factors used in our health program to communicate the prevention of diseases, Smoking cessation is supported to help people take responsibility for their health.

This post is about smoking and its effect on eye health. Tobacco smoke affects many areas of the body making it disease prone, one disease that has been overlooked is macular degeneration.

According to a 2011 research report tobacco users have an increased risk for age-related blindness.

Researchers in Japan found a significant link between smoking and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The disease causes blindness.

The study involved 279 women and men with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and 143 without the disease.

Those who smoke had a much stronger affiliation with the disease. Seventy five % of them smoked compared to only 40% of those who didn’t have the disease.

After taking other factors into account, smokers still had a five times the risk for AMD.

The result of the study is an alert for those who have concerns about AMD to avoid tobacco use. Smoking is an avoidable health risk factor that can be eliminated.

For youths and young adults it’s a health warning that smoking can make them blind later in life

Our health program empowers and motivates others to quit smoking for their health’s sake.

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