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Children's Health: Tell your teen: Smoking causes blindness

Emphasizing eye disease risk could be an effective way to get them to quit a tobacco habit

Want to discourage your teenager from smoking? Tell them cigarettes will make them go blind.

According to a study done in England, that’s the best way to get their attention about the dangers of a tobacco habit. And it happens to be true: Smoking increases the risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, an eye condition in which the retina deteriorates, causing a loss of central vision.