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Stoptober 2018 - stop smoking and protect your eyes

This October, the Stoptober campaign will warn about the health risks of smoking, and encourage people to quit the habit.

Although the link between smoking and lung cancer is well known, there is less awareness of the link with sight loss. Smoking is a key risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the UK’s leading cause of blindness, and on average smokers develop AMD 5 years earlier than non-smokers. It is also a major risk factor in the development of cataracts and a significant risk factor for developing diabetic retinopathy.

In Wales, 'Help Me Quit' can provide information and support to people who want to stop smoking. For more information, visit their website, or ring freephone 0808 223 0706.

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