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Can smoking affect vision?

Every third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society celebrates the Great American Smokeout, a day where smokers can quit or make a plan to quit and move toward a healthier lifestyle.


By now, most of us know the dangers of smoking: cancer, lung and breathing issues, and heart disease among others, but did you know smoking can lead to a number of eye health and vision problems? Cataracts, macular degeneration, and ocular surface disorders not only affect the smoker, but those around him or her.


If you’re ready to take the next step in cutting out tobacco, you don’t have to do it alone! Visit for additional resources, and to learn more about the Great American Smokeout.



Infographic: Why Smoking Is Bad for Your Eyes