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PETA Offers to Rescue Tobacco Quit Line

Written by PETA | March 24, 2009 / CC

Much to the dismay of struggling addicts in the Wolverine State, the Michigan Tobacco Quit Line has been shut down until October 1 because it just couldn’t financially keep up with the requests for nicotine replacement therapy products.

As an organization that helps people fight another addiction (meat addiction, that is) we feel the quit line’s pain.

That’s why, after hearing about the help line’s financial woes, we wrote a letter to the director of the Department of Community Health in Michigan offering to team up and help cover the hotline’s costs. Our proposal includes renaming the quit line The Cancer Prevention Hotline (because that’s the point, isn’t it?) and including copies of PETA’s free “Vegetarian Starter Kit” along with the other distributed materials.

Are you a smoker who needs another reason to quit? Did you know that most cigarettes are tested on animals? Gross.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • susan tine says:

    Great and thank you so much for getting involved in such a great cause. I am a smoker for almost 40 yrs. who needs to stop permanently.

  • Carla says:

    Thanks for the link Claire.

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  • Matt says:

    When you say that cigarettes are tested on animals. I assume you mean for research into why smoking causes cancer? How this could be prevented etc? Surely this research will carry on irrespective of people quitting or not? To use this as an arguement I would say is a weak arguement. It would probably only appeal to people who don’t listen to the facts. Sorry if this offends you but this is my view.

  • John Marshall says:

    I think a generous offer and excellent PR for PETA though there’s such a stigma attached to PETA it may not be beneficial to the program.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Yes Amber pets especially birds can die from secondhand smoke and it is not good for children either. I am in my 50’s I have had asthma my entire life and both my parents were smokers. The price of my asthma medication over the years has been astronomical even with insurance the insurance carrier I have now considers asthma a preexsisting condition and will only cover albuterol I have had to stop using my other medication Advair because at $200.00 a canister I cannot afford it. If you talk to your stepfather about his smoking please remember he is probably addicted and be understanding and respectful. My dad did not quit somking until he lost a lung to cancer and my mother was never able to quit.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    I am a diehard animal loving vegetarian who loathes all forms of cruelty against animals. However I will not condemn or lecture to people who smoke.

  • Amber Falobas says:

    My stepdad smokes. Can pets die from secondhand smoke?

  • Claire Abrams says:

    Excellent idea PETA “Cancer Prevention.” We are an animal rights protection organization in Udaipur Rajasthan Indiaanimalaidunlimited.comhere too this argument to house the advocacy of vegan living under the same conceptual roof as all cancer prevention efforts will work. We are so impressed with the people in PETA who constantly look for opportunities to find the silverlinings in clouds and open doors to mainstreem consciousness.

  • Anna Gates says:

    I hate it when people test on animals with paint tobacco…any chemical or drug. The only use in point of testing on animals is ‘kindly’ maybe a pinch at a time incase they’re sick and we don’t know it and yet we want to see what the side effects are. Not to be putting 1000 mgs into see if they live or die then sell or kill next. No thanks. Sincerely Anna

  • Cliff says:

    Perhaps more useful would be for PETA to support such efforts on the basis that as widely reported secondhand smoke causes serious illness e.g. cancer and death in dogs and cats and no doubt other pets. Any increase in smoking cessation rates among pet owners directly benefits their beloved animals. Knowledge of this fact has served as important motivation for many humans to quit smoking.

  • Lindsey says:

    I’ve been smoking since I was 11…. I know… ewww. I hate them I hate the smell the taste but I’ve tried to quit on my own so many times before and I always go back and I don’t really know why. I can’t even go a whole day. I’m too poor to buy the stuff to help you quit… maybe you guys can help me out now??