Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but do you know why it is bad for your eyes?

Here are the facts:

Cigarette smoke contain over 4000 different chemicals. Most of these chemicals are toxic. They include carbon monoxide, butane, nicotene, methanol, methane, toluene, ammonia, arsenic, ammonia, acetic acid, just to name a few.

There are approximately 45 million smokers in America. Over 126 million Americans are exposed to second hand smoke. Smokers are four times more likely to go blind in old age.

Smoking damages tissues in the eye and is directly responsible for 25% of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Macular Degeneration cause severe vision loss and even blindness. The more you smoke the more likely you are to develop AMD.

Female smokers over the age of 80 are five and a half times more likey to develop AMD.

Children exposed to second-hand smoke have a 20% greater chance of developing allergic conjunctivitis.

Women who smoke during pregnancy are  more likely to give birth prematurely and increase the risk of their baby developing strabismus or crossed eyes. They also increase the risk of retinopathy of prematurity which can cause blindness among other health issues.

Studies show that people who smoke double their chances of developing cataracts.

Smokers are 2.4 times more likely than non-smokers to develop uveitis or swelling the eyes middle layer.

With so many frightening facts about tobacco’s’ detriment to your eye health, why would you risk it?

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