SOURCE AMD Alliance International.. AMD: A leading reason behind blindness among smokers MD Alliance International strongly urges all smokers to take part in the Great American Smokeout on November 19 to save their eye and protect their vision from the debilitating ramifications of macular degeneration. Research provides demonstrated that age-related macular degeneration , a progressive disease that triggers the loss of central vision, is 2-3 times as common among tobacco smokers, and the risk is dose dependent. In other words, the more you smoke, the greater the chance and the quicker the progression of the disease. For patients with specific genetic backgrounds, regular heavy smoking can increase the risk of AMD a stunning 144-fold.Related StoriesDeaths from avoidable risk factors: an interview with Dr Ali Mokdad, IHMEScar administration: an interview with Adele Atkinson, Associate Professor, School of NursingThe Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh endorses Contact Surgery, a cellular cognitive simulation and rehearsal system for surgeonsCMB students and their publications are nominated by their thesis advisor or person in their thesis studies committee. Released manuscripts nominated for the prize are evaluated for originality after that, technical merit, impact and innovative contributions of the pupil by a committee comprising the CMB director and five faculty associates appointed by the director that represent the complete expanse of study investigation in the CMB Plan.