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For more information on diabetes or macular generation, keep smoking.

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For more information about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, macular generation erectile dysfunction, keep smoking. 

A classic anti-smoking ad from the 1980’s simply says “For more information on lung cancer, keep smoking.” Probably for those over 50 we can make the connection between smoking and lung cancer, as the connection was driven home by the break out 1964 Report of the U.S. Surgeon General.  Turns out that smoking is a boatload more trouble than that! Fifty years later, the January 2014 Report of the U.S Surgeon General links smoking to among other things, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, age related macular degeneration, erectile dysfunction, and rheumatoid arthritis.  It sounds cruel, the message of the ad, but that’s the point - to get your attention – decades of smoking can lead to these diseases so of course when you get diagnosed with macular degeneration, they tell you all about it. It is not cruel. If true, it is just the facts you need to know. Here is another fact. Cessation works. In looking at all causes of morbidity, the Surgeon General found that when you stop smoking the risks decline dramatically. Cessation at age 40 reduces the loss from all cause morbidity by 90%, and stopping by age 60 reduces the loss from all cause morbidity by 40%.

If you suffer from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, macular generation or erectile dysfunction, your condition will be made worse by smoking.  Your condition by itself, or combined with other problems, may prevent you from holding or keeping a full time job. If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition, Keefe Disability is here to help. Contact us today to speak with a claim representative and we will provide a free case evaluation to see how our legal team can help with your disability case.

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John L. Keefe
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