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From Tobacco Info No. 10 - August 2012
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Risk of blindness from smoking highlighted by graphic image of eyes pried open

By Mel Lefebvre

The new Canadian graphic image on tobacco products of an eye pried open by metal prongs is a grim warning that smoking can cause a wide variety of vision effects, including macular degeneration, cataracts, and even blindness.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recognizes the following health effects on vision related to tobacco use:

In short, the health warning of an eye being held open by wires provides smokers with a graphic reminder that in addition to the mortal risks associated with smoking, impaired eyesight should be added to the list of health concerns to consider before lighting up.