Is Your New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking?
We want to help
According to the AOA, cigarette use is at an all time low in America. That’s definitely something to celebrate. Among 70% of current smokers want to quit, and nearly half tried to in the past year.
Now, most people know how dangerous smoking is, and what it does to your lungs. But do you know how it affects your vision?
Three ways smoking or vaping hurt your vision
It causes blindness. People who smoke are 4 times more likely to develop Macular Degeneration, a disease that causes blindness. Smoking has also been linked to worsening Cataracts and Type 2 Diabetes. A recent study shows that only 9% of Americans know that smoking can cause blindness.
Smoke is a major eye irritant, and it’s even worse if you wear contact lenses. Nicotine and other cigarette residue from your fingers can come in contact with your eyes (or your contact lenses) and cause chronic irritation.
Secondhand smoke hurts too. Smokers are putting their friends and family at risk by exposing them to toxic cigarette smoke.
Since the 1960s, over 2 million people have died from secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke can cause negative effects in people with Asthma and other lung conditions, plus it can cause chronic eye irritation.
If you have never used tobacco products before, don’t start now. Keep your vision clear and your body healthy by avoiding cigarettes and other products. If you know someone that smokes and wants to quit, motivate them to quit by supporting their decision and finding resources to help.
On average, smokers die 13-14 years earlier than non-smokers.
If you want to quit, join the Great American Smokeout at smokefree.gov, or talk to your doctor.
The FDA proposed new rules to include graphic warning labels on tobacco products. Do you think this is a good way to help people avoid smoking? Leave a comment with your thoughts.
More resources about smoking and vision
AOA Smoking Vaping and Your Eyes Fact Sheet
AOA Great American Smokeout PSA
Ohio Tobacco Cessation Homepage