Smoking can cause blindness

From CNIB commends Health Canada for mandating the new warning about blindness, which specifically highlights the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in Canadians 50 years and older.

“We know that primary and second-hand smoke from cigarettes is a major risk factor for AMD,” said Dr. Keith Gordon, CNIB’s Vice-President, Research. “If you smoke you are up to three to four times more likely to develop AMD.”

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