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Posted 21 April 2013 - 13:27

If you've been looking for one more reason to stop smoking, you may have found it. Your instructor is correct: Secondhand smoke puts both people and pets at risk. Health authorities believe secondhand smoke kills thousands of nonsmokers every year, and though the number of pets affected isn't clear, the risk is.

* In cats, exposure to cigarette smoke produces higher than normal rates of mouth cancer and lymphoma.

* In dogs, being around secondhand smoke increases the odds of nasal cancer.

* In birds, lung cancer shows up more frequently with exposure to smoking in the home.

A study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University looked at the link between secondhand smoke and cancer in cats and found not only a strong link, but an even higher risk for pets exposed for five years or longer. For dogs, a study by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University noted the higher risk of nasal tumors in dogs with longer muzzles and of lung cancer in dogs with shorter muzzles. The carcinogens were stopped in the noses of some dogs but went through to the lungs in others. Not a good situation in either case.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 13:36

Captain Obvious strikes again. I always have an urge to punch heads of all smokers in public so far down their throats they'd have to remove their pants next time they want to read. Unfortunately, my physique doesn't permit that sort of behavior.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 16:07

^ Looks like your cat is a smoker.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 21:36

If you've been looking for one more reason to stop smoking, you may have found it. Your instructor is correct: Secondhand smoke puts both people and pets at risk. Health authorities believe secondhand smoke kills thousands of nonsmokers every year, and though the number of pets affected isn't clear, the risk is.

* In cats, exposure to cigarette smoke produces higher than normal rates of mouth cancer and lymphoma.

* In dogs, being around secondhand smoke increases the odds of nasal cancer.

* In birds, lung cancer shows up more frequently with exposure to smoking in the home.

A study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University looked at the link between secondhand smoke and cancer in cats and found not only a strong link, but an even higher risk for pets exposed for five years or longer. For dogs, a study by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University noted the higher risk of nasal tumors in dogs with longer muzzles and of lung cancer in dogs with shorter muzzles. The carcinogens were stopped in the noses of some dogs but went through to the lungs in others. Not a good situation in either case.

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any one else want to say... duh?

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 21:42

like P.E.T.A doesn't need any more ammo

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 22:22

I think any creature that depends on aerobic respiration probably suffers ill health effects from second-hand smoke.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 22:47

A lot of smokers don't stop to think about what they are doing to their pets -- so this needs pointed out.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 22:57

Captain Obvious strikes again. I always have an urge to punch heads of all smokers in public so far down their throats they'd have to remove their pants next time they want to read. Unfortunately, my physique doesn't permit that sort of behavior.


If that's the case. Then i want everyone to stop driving cars because they give off alot more killer gases then cigs. Which kills 1000's of people each year.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 22:59

A lot of smokers don't stop to think about what they are doing to their pets -- so this needs pointed out.


I did. Unfortunately I still smoke but I will not subject my pets to it. It all goes outside whether it's raining or 20 degrees out.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 23:00

If that's the case. Then i want everyone to stop driving cars because they give off alot more killer gases then cigs. Which kills 1000's of people each year.


Proof?

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 23:01

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:32

Smoking should be totally banned. It's not only killing smokers but those people and pets around them. To do that is just wrong.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:40

i know that's true, a guy i work with smoked for years, and finally gave it up completely. after he did, his jack russell got sick, all kinds of weird symptoms. the vet said it was nicotine withdrawel, just like a person gets!

luckily, the dog recovered like he did, and they're both smoke free for a few years now

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 06:06

If that's the case. Then i want everyone to stop driving cars because they give off alot more killer gases then cigs. Which kills 1000's of people each year.

Cars are useful. Smoking is not.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 06:12

I swear, sometimes scientists just like wasting piles of cash just so they can state the bleedin' obvious...