Tobacco increases the risk of blindness by four
On World No Tobacco Day, we at the Institut de la Màcula would like to remind you of the dangers of smoking
31 May marks World No Tobacco Day. Tobacco is the leading cause of avoidable death in the European Union, killing almost 700,000 people a year across the continent and over six million worldwide.
Cardiovascular or respiratory problems are what we first think of when we talk of the dangers of tobacco but they are not the only ones. Tobacco smoke can also cause blindness.
Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 toxic substances, including carbon monoxide, arsenic, toluene, methanol and ammonia. In addition, tobacco increases the risk of suffering blindness by four. Tobacco smoke is associated with diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), contributing to the latter in 25% of existing cases.
However, it is not only active smokers who are adversely affected by tobacco. Passive smokers, those who breathe smoke on a daily basis, even if they wish not to, have twice the chance of ending up with AMD.
This is why on World No Tobacco Day, Dr Lucia Lee Ferraro, the ophthalmologist specialising in macula, retina and vitreous, reminds you on behalf of the Institut de la Màcula and all our team that best investment in health that you can make is to give up smoking. Tobacco is bad for your health and leaves you in the dark.