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Stoptober 2017 – Quit smoking and protect your sight

The Stoptober campaign, which encourages people to give up smoking, is running again this October. Although many people know about the link between smoking and lung cancer, the link with eye health is less well known.

Smoking is a key risk factor for age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and is also associated with other eye conditions such as uveitis and thyroid eye disease. The Vision Matters website has a list of twenty ways smoking can affect your vision and eye health which you can read here.

For people in Wales, ‘Help me Quit’ can provide support. Visit the website, call 0800 085 2219 or text HMQ to 80818.


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