Smoking Cigarettes has Been Linked to BlindnessPosted: August 26, 2011
Smoking is already known to kill by causing lung cancer – we are now finding it may also cause blindness. Smoking has been directly related to increase risk of cataracts, which are directly linked to blindness. Cigarettes have over 4000 chemicals, and over 200 toxic chemicals. Many of these toxic chemicals are carcinogenic which cause free radicals. These free radicals at first were only linked to lung cancer and other cancers, but they are now linked to cataracts.
The combination of free radicals, fat build-ups, and hypoxia result in a cataract. It also may result in age-related macular degeneration, loss of night vision, as well as permanent damage to the retina and optic nerve. Smoking increases your risk for many eye diseases because of the build up of free radicals. Many of the eye problems it creates are irreversible, and cause blindness.
Second-hand smoke has recently been found to be very harmful for ones eyes. Second-hand smoke can linger in a room for over two hours without any odor meaning your body is inhaling many of the chemicals from the tobacco even though you did not smoke it yourself.
Many states in the US have outlawed smoking in an in-closed space, and some have gone so far as to out law it in outdoors spaces as well. This is a great beginning for the future of a smoke free environment. For the moment, we are inhaling many chemicals that are causing faster degeneration of the body. If you must smoke, or be around smoke, be sure to open windows and keep cleaner air flowing in.