It’s no secret that smoking is harmful to your health. In fact, smoking damages every organ in the body, including your eyes. Although it is not well-known, smoking increases your risk of developing eye diseases and disorders. Smokers are two times more likely than nonsmokers to develop cataracts and three times more likely to develop macular degeneration. The risk for diabetic retinopathy, uveitis and dry eye are also increased by cigarette smoke, but the good news is that quitting smoking at any age can reduce your risk for eye disease (Source: All About Vision).
Quitting smoking is hard, but research says that the best way to quit smoking is to mark a day on the calendar. Let us help you out and be your support system! The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event on Thursday, November 19 can be your day to quit smoking and begin a new habit of health (Source: American Cancer Society).
You may feel like kicking this habit is impossible, but that’s not the case (Source: Healthline). The truth is that within moments of your last cigarette, your body will experience immediate benefits:
- Within 20 minutes, your heart rate will start to drop down towards a more normal level.
- After two hours, your heart rate and blood pressure will decrease.
- After 12 hours, carbon monoxide in your body decreases to lower levels and blood oxygen levels increase to normal.
About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, but you do not have to be part of that number anymore. Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States and is a large contributor to the development of vision loss. Take a stand and mark your calendar for Thursday, November 19 as your day to quit smoking. The American Cancer Society has many resources available to you on their website, so visit The Great American Smokeout’s page and find more information to quit smoking or spread awareness about the campaign.