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The Great American Smokeout- Do it for your pets

November 17th is the Great American Smokeout, a day to encourage smokers to quit. As a cancer registrar, everyday I see the effects smoking has on people. Along with cancer, smoking contributes to heart and lung disease.  Second hand smoke effects other people also contributing to lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases.

And smoking also affects your pets. Second hand smoke settles on cats’ fur which they then groom taking in the chemicals in the cigarette smoke and increasing their risk of developing oral tumors and lymphoma.  Long-nosed dogs have an increased risk of developing nasal tumors, while short=nosed dogs have an increased risk of getting lungs cancers.

Dogs and cats aren’t the only pets to suffer.  Birds have sensitive respiratory systems and smoking can cause pneumonia, lung cancer and skin problems.

Join in the Great American Smokeout so you can enjoy that unconditional love for a long time!

 

Read more about the effects of second health smoke on pets at Science Daily.

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