Tobacco 'should carry blind alert'

John Plummer

Charities are using today's World No Tobacco Day to call for warnings that smoking causes blindness to be put on tobacco products.

The RNIB and Action on Smoking and Health are among the members of a newly formed coalition that also includes the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

The coalition has published a paper setting out the case for a warning similar to that put on cigarette packets in Australia to appear on packets in the European Union. The coalition claims smoking is the continent's main cause of sight loss.

Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the RNIB, said the formation of the coalition was the first step towards putting the link between smoking and blindness on the political agenda.

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