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Smoking Endangers Animals Too

Smoking isn’t just bad for people; it harms our animal friends as well.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine have found that cats who live with smokers are more than twice as likely to suffer from feline lymphoma, and population studies suggest that environmental smoke may increase the risk of nasal and lung cancer in dogs. If that doesn’t prompt smokers with animal companions to quit, I don’t know what will.

Fortunately, a study conducted by the Henry Ford Health System Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention suggests that many smokers with animal companions would butt out cigarettes if they knew that they were putting their dog’s or cat’s health at risk. Nearly 3,300 people participated in an online survey aimed at determining if smokers would change their behavior if they knew that it harmed their animal’s health. One in five of the people who took the survey smoked, and more than one in four lived with a smoker.

Of the smokers, one in three said that knowing that smoking was bad for their animal’s health would compel them to kick the habit. Nearly one in 10 people would ask a partner to quit, and one in seven would ask their partner to smoke outside. It’s a start, at least. No one should put their best buddy’s health in danger—ever.

If you care about animals, you really need to stop smoking, pronto. Do it for yourself, all your loved ones, and animals in laboratories too. Companion cats and dogs aren’t the only animals who suffer when people smoke. Mice, rats, dogs, primates, and other animals are mutilated, pumped full of nicotine, and forced to inhale smoke in cruel laboratory experiments to “test” the effects of smoking.

Help Animals Breathe Easier This information should light a fire under all caring individuals, and if you smoke, it should give you even more incentive to stamp out cigarettes once and for all. It may not be easy, but your beloved animal companions—and animals suffering in laboratories—are counting on you to quit. Learn more about the effects of secondhand smoke and companion animals.

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  • John says:

    This is interesting.

  • Mandi says:

    Smoking is gross, its bad for everyone. Who cares if you want to smoke, the people who inhale your second-hand smoke dont want to inhale as well.

  • jadey Alex says:

    I smoke outside cause it’s quite obvious that if smoke harms us it will harm animals (and kids) too… and since I not only have a kid but 6 pets at home it’s question of respect for their health (they dont choose us (well one of my cat did ”choose” me) we do, they dont choose smoke we do they shouldnt have to pay for our stupid choices).

  • Kristy says:

    Smoking can also bring on seizures in animals. I had a dog that was diagnosed with epilepsy, & my vet ask me if I smoke, or anyone in the household smokes; I don’t smoke so it wasn’t a problem. Some people might not know this and cause more seizures in their animals.

  • Treehumper says:

    What about roll-your-own cigarettes? I smoke American Spirit loose tobacco. I don’t smoke in the house, or anywhere near my house, and I only do it when I go out drinking. Do those still harm animals?

  • Ann Marie says:

    Alright people…let’s talk about this. I’m vegan and an animal rights activist. I also happen to be a smoker. I smoke American Spirits, a 100% vegan biodegradeable cigarettes.

    I understand it’s bad, but honestly I’m pretty sure there are a lot bigger things we have to worry about in respect to animal rights.

    We face enough challenges on a daily basis as vegans that make us feel alone and different. Why are we going after our own people?

    Let’s get our priorities straight PETA.

  • Courtney says:

    I just quit a week ago, and this is even more of an incentive to stay smoke-free. I have heard of cats getting certain mouth cancers as a result of second hand smoke. I love my babies way too much to endanger them like that anymore.

  • Jerika says:

    i had no idea!
    its a good thing i never smoke in my house
    i love my animals if i was the reason they died i dont know what i would do!
    this is so sad :[

  • tangerine says:

    smoking is abusive and intrusive towards ppl and animals. not to mention the smokers themselves. i will never understand this trend. 100% support for those who are trying to quit, i know it must be hard but it CAN be done!

  • Kayla says:

    STOP POLLUTING THE AIR.
    every puff of a ciggerette not only effects you, but everything in your enviroment.

    your killing poor, innocent animals.

    and mostly your killing yourself.
    make a good decision, the next time you pick up a ciggerette.

  • Tamara Taylor says:

    Please stop using and abusing animals for your testing. The tests aren’t effective and they kill our animals. PLEASE STOP!

  • Patrizia says:

    This should be enough for smokers to quit. It harms themselves, other people, and innocent animals.

  • West says:

    This is the exact reason I smoke outside- to keep it away from my cats. I choose to smoke, they do not.

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