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SMOKERS TWICE AS LIKELY TO GO BLIND
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Posted on 09/06/2005 8:03:32 PM PDT by lunarbicep

PEOPLE who smoke are twice as likely to go blind as those who don't, a report warned yesterday.

Experts believe around 54,000 smokers have developed a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as a result of their habit.

This is the leading cause of blindness in the UK, with around 500,000 sufferers.

The AMD Alliance UK said yesterday the link between smoking and blindness was as strong as that between cigarettes and lung cancer.

Yet only a tiny number of the UK's 13 million smokers are aware of the risk.

A survey of 1,000 people found that only seven per cent knew that AMD affected the eyes.

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But seven in 10 smokers said they would quit if they thought the habit could harm their eyesight.

Pauline Edwards, 50, a nurse from Salford, Greater Manchester, said: "I smoked for years. Now I have AMD, am partially sighted in one eye and am likely to go blind. If I had been told that I could lose my sight because of smoking I would have given up. I stopped the day I found out."

The Royal National Institute of the Blind is calling on the Government to introduce warnings on cigarette packets about the risk to eyesight.

Steve Winyard, head of campaigns at the RNIB and chairman of AMD Alliance UK, said: "Smoking is the only proven cause of AMD that people can do anything about. The message is simple: do not smoke."

Research has shown that the risk starts to decrease 10 years after smokers quit.

Simon Kelly, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the Bolton Eye Unit, said: "When people are diagnosed with AMD and learn of the link with smoking they want to stop."

Yesterday, it also emerged that around 8,000 bars would stop serving food to escape a total smoking ban, including many "family friendly" pubs.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: pufflist; sight; smokegetsinyoureyes

1 posted on 09/06/2005 8:03:34 PM PDT by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

I thought it was Viagra users that were twice as likely to go blind?


2 posted on 09/06/2005 8:04:03 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Ohio State vs. Texarse, Sept 10th)
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To: lunarbicep

And grow hair on their palms. . .


3 posted on 09/06/2005 8:04:31 PM PDT by pa mom
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To: lunarbicep
Yeah, yeah, when smoking is abolished all health ills will go away except for all that processed food and when those go away it will be those emissions again from cars and when those are banned they'll go after...

The cycle never ends. Personal responsibility never comes into it. I don't need the state looking after my personal habits.
4 posted on 09/06/2005 8:06:05 PM PDT by kingu (Draft Fmr Senator Fred Thompson for '08.)
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To: lunarbicep

...Yet only a tiny number of the UK's 13 million smokers are aware of the risk. ...

That's because they haven't gone blind, you lying a$$hole.


5 posted on 09/06/2005 8:06:23 PM PDT by planekT (What a mess.)
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To: pa mom; MikeinIraq

And I thought it was little boys who played by themselves under the covers at night (cue the music) "Bless the beasts, and the chiiiildren..."


6 posted on 09/06/2005 8:06:37 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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To: lunarbicep
So can I do it till I need glasses? (old joke).

(steely)

7 posted on 09/06/2005 8:06:51 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Fortunately, the Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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To: lunarbicep

I've only been on the planet for 40 years, granted, but I still have never heard of or known anyone going blind from smoking.


8 posted on 09/06/2005 8:07:45 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: pa mom

Can I smoke to the point of just needing glasses?


9 posted on 09/06/2005 8:07:47 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: Theresawithanh

Psst, there are some who are taking this seriously. Be good!


10 posted on 09/06/2005 8:07:56 PM PDT by pa mom
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To: lunarbicep

Gee, like lung cancer isn't enough motivation? People fear blindness more than not being able to breathe? I've heard that lung cancer is the worst way to go. I've seen my f-i-l struggling with emphysema and can't imagine how much worse it can get.


11 posted on 09/06/2005 8:07:58 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: lunarbicep

Especially if you drink heavily. May stick one of those things in your eye.


12 posted on 09/06/2005 8:08:06 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Can we swap Cindy Sheehan in Crawford for Cindy Crawford anywhere?)
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To: lunarbicep

13 posted on 09/06/2005 8:08:50 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: lunarbicep

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes......(Platters playing quietly in the background)


14 posted on 09/06/2005 8:09:06 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: Texasforever

Now, you know you can put an eye out with those things!


15 posted on 09/06/2005 8:09:12 PM PDT by pa mom
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To: lunarbicep

"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"?


16 posted on 09/06/2005 8:09:31 PM PDT by digger48
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To: metmom

My father had COPD. Died a slow, painful death.


17 posted on 09/06/2005 8:09:44 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Can we swap Cindy Sheehan in Crawford for Cindy Crawford anywhere?)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

25 seconds


18 posted on 09/06/2005 8:10:28 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Theresawithanh

that's just wrong, it's just wrong

LOL


19 posted on 09/06/2005 8:10:37 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Ohio State vs. Texarse, Sept 10th)
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To: SheLion

Here ya go.


20 posted on 09/06/2005 8:11:53 PM PDT by planekT (What a mess.)
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To: lunarbicep

I cannot post a logical reply because my glasses are in the other room & I cannot understand what I am posting.


21 posted on 09/06/2005 8:13:16 PM PDT by TheMom (My husband rocks!)
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To: lunarbicep
PEOPLE who smoke are twice as likely to go blind as those who don't, a report warned yesterday.

That's not what those of us over 50 were told as prepubescent teens!!!!

22 posted on 09/06/2005 8:13:58 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: planekT

Im smoking a Marlboro, right now.

I may quit some time other than during our greatest national disaster.


23 posted on 09/06/2005 8:14:25 PM PDT by No Blue States
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To: MikeinIraq

geez...imagine if you are a masterbating-smoker??!!!!


24 posted on 09/06/2005 8:14:25 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: kingu

They don't want you to smoke cigatettes but they don't seem to mind people smoking marijuana. hmmm


25 posted on 09/06/2005 8:16:04 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: God luvs America

"geez...imagine if you are a masterbating-smoker??!!!!"

Thats dangerous, ive tried it.


27 posted on 09/06/2005 8:17:58 PM PDT by No Blue States
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To: kingu
Yeah, yeah, when smoking is abolished all health ills will go away except for all that processed food ...

Now you just hold on. Processed foods containing sodium nitrates may just be good for you.

Hot dog! Preservative may be good for you

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON - Could the salt that preserves hot dogs also preserve your health?

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health think so. They've begun infusing sodium nitrite into volunteers in hopes that it could prove a cheap but potent treatment for sickle cell anemia, heart attacks, brain aneurysms, even an illness that suffocates babies.

Those ailments have something in common: They hinge on problems with low oxygen, problems the government's research suggests nitrite can ease.

Beyond repairing the reputation of this often maligned meat preservative, the work promises to rewrite scientific doctrine about how blood flows and how the body tries to protect itself when that flow is blocked. Indeed, nitrite seems to guard tissues - in the heart, the lungs, the brain - against cellular death when they become starved of oxygen

28 posted on 09/06/2005 8:18:22 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Steely Tom
old joke

But still funny.

29 posted on 09/06/2005 8:20:58 PM PDT by Friend of thunder (No sane person wants war, but oppressors want oppression.)
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To: No Blue States
Im smoking a Marlboro, right now.

Me too. I'm hoping the cigs kill me before the democrats. I don't want to go that way. ;-)

30 posted on 09/06/2005 8:21:12 PM PDT by planekT (What a mess.)
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To: planekT

" Me too. I'm hoping the cigs kill me before the democrats. I don't want to go that way. ;-)"

Im hoping I dont run out of cigs during the tribulation.


31 posted on 09/06/2005 8:23:13 PM PDT by No Blue States
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To: lunarbicep
Pissant has been saying this for years...

:o)

32 posted on 09/06/2005 8:23:28 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is the Religion of Peace, they should FIRE their PR guy!)
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To: Texasforever

They say working out in the sun will wrinkle your skin,
but as I see it, when I'm old I'll be wrinkled anyway.


33 posted on 09/06/2005 8:24:49 PM PDT by OkieDoke
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To: lunarbicep

No warning on cigarette packs about this! I'm getting a lawyer!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


34 posted on 09/06/2005 8:26:51 PM PDT by Mark (Proven scientific experiment: The NY Times flushes easily down the standard toilet.)
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To: No Blue States

I never thought of that. A seven year supply? Better stock up now before they go up.


35 posted on 09/06/2005 8:30:44 PM PDT by planekT (What a mess.)
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To: lunarbicep

Yeah, but I can still puff a Nicaraguan maduro when I'm blind.


37 posted on 09/06/2005 8:37:39 PM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: SoDak

This happened to my mom, and I always blamed it on her heavy smoking. Doesn't smoking reduce oxygenation ? That was my idea.


38 posted on 09/06/2005 8:40:44 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: lunarbicep

Yeah, well so are coffee drinkers. Well, anyway, at least coffee drinkers who keep leaving the spoon in the cup!


39 posted on 09/06/2005 8:42:08 PM PDT by Nik Naym
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To: lunarbicep

I guess it depends on what body part is actually smoking...


40 posted on 09/06/2005 8:52:02 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm paraphrasing someone else's tagline: Read comment, think, then post reply...always in that order)
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To: All

I know a lot of people who ate carrots and now they are dead. It's an "outrage."


41 posted on 09/06/2005 9:00:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: Mark

They better put the warnings on in braille.


42 posted on 09/06/2005 9:05:16 PM PDT by garv
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To: MikeinIraq

I went blind AND my palms grew hair AND the hair on my palms was often smoking. So I guess it all makes sense.


43 posted on 09/06/2005 9:26:38 PM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: lunarbicep
SMOKERS TWICE AS LIKELY TO GO BLIND

What are they doing with the other hand?

44 posted on 09/08/2005 11:11:11 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Disregard the law of unintended consequences at your own risk.)
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To: God luvs America
geez...imagine if you are a masterbating-smoker??!!!!

You probably need more lubrication.

45 posted on 09/08/2005 11:11:52 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Disregard the law of unintended consequences at your own risk.)
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To: lunarbicep

It's true. I can never find my lighter.


46 posted on 09/08/2005 11:13:53 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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