The harmful effects of smoking include higher risks of poor vision, cataracts and macular degeneration; weakening of sense of smell and taste; increased risks of respiratory infections and illnesses; and cardiovascular s... More »

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Hardening of the arteries in the brain or other parts of the body is known as atherosclerosis, and it is typically caused by an accumulation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries, WebMD reports. Treatments may vary, but doc... More »

Smoking raises the risk of developing conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts, and it may reduce vision, according to Healthline. Smoking also increases the chance of developing COPD and lung cancer. More »

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Broken veins, also known as spider veins or telangiactasis, are caused by the weakening of valves in the veins, which leads to an accumulation of blood and gives the veins a swollen appearance, explains Healthline. Condi... More »

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Garlic reduces high blood pressure, helps to prevent hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, reduces the risk of developing rectal and colon cancers, and may lower stomach cancer risks, according to MedlinePlus. C... More »

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Eye diseases that can cause permanent deterioration in vision include iritis, glaucoma, cataracts, band keratopathy and macular degeneration, according to Mayo Clinic, the National Eye Institute, the Journal of Korean Me... More »

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WebMD confirms that smoking can cause atherosclerosis as it damages the thin layer of cells that line the arteries, causing plaques to form that thicken the artery walls and slow down the blood flow. Occasionally, plaque... More »

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