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The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke For Pets
The Animal Rescue Site ^ | ca. 7/20/14

Posted on 08/17/2014 12:18:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Though the dangers secondhand smoke poses to humans are well documented and understood, many smokers still subject their pets to these hazards on a daily basis. It is becoming increasingly apparent, however, that doing so puts our furry friends in harm's way as much as it does us. As recently as 2006, the Surgeon General's Annual Report stated that secondhand smoke puts pets at risk, and numerous professional organizations have issued statements encouraging pet owners to keep their homes smoke-free for the benefit of their animals. If you're considering quitting smoking but need a bit more motivation, think of the health benefits that your pet could gain.

Secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer and other diseases in many pets, but cats are at a higher risk than dogs. According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, that fact has largely to do with the grooming habits of felines.

"One reason cats are so susceptible to secondhand smoke is because of their grooming habits. Cats constantly lick themselves while grooming, therefore they lick up the cancer-causing carcinogens that accumulate on their fur," Dr. Carolyn MacAllister, a cooperative extension service veterinarian with Oklahoma State University, told the source.

In addition to dogs and cats, birds have been known to acquire cancer and disease as a result of secondhand smoke.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
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I'm sure this won't be at all controversial.
1 posted on 08/17/2014 12:18:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

2 posted on 08/17/2014 12:18:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This may be true but I’ve never heard of a cat dying from Ebola so there may be two sides to this story.


3 posted on 08/17/2014 12:20:08 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It's my home!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
This may be true but I’ve never heard of a cat dying from Ebola so there may be two sides to this story.

Well they do have nine lives.

4 posted on 08/17/2014 12:20:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Slings and Arrows
At first, they will be all 'concerned' and 'suggest' you don't smoke around pets (!).

Second, it will be a law.

Third, a government agency will be formed to enforce it.

Fourth and finally, a Federal SWAT team will lob flashbangs into your home and storm it with machine guns and MRAP armored vehicles, all for the dubious 'benefit' for the health of a cat.

5 posted on 08/17/2014 12:21:26 PM PDT by Lazamataz (First we beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them.)
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To: dfwgator

LOL! The whole planet has gone insane.


6 posted on 08/17/2014 12:21:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It's my home!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping!


7 posted on 08/17/2014 12:22:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Slings and Arrows
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

8 posted on 08/17/2014 12:22:35 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’ve also never heard of a cat looting an Ebola isolation ward. This is why I prefer cats to people.


9 posted on 08/17/2014 12:23:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Joe 6-pack

*Perfect* graphic.


10 posted on 08/17/2014 12:23:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Lazamataz

But...there’s nothing in the Constitution about it, so Federal intervention would be illegal.

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:^D


11 posted on 08/17/2014 12:26:46 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Slings and Arrows

12 posted on 08/17/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

13 posted on 08/17/2014 12:29:45 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Since I have lived in this complex, I have seen two smokers basically kill their pets. One chain smoker had inherited his sister’s dog, and within two years after I got here, the dog died of cancer. The owner died about 10 months later of heart disease.

The other was my ex-next-door neighbor who had a cat. I watched that cat get sicker and sicker and saw her white coat look worse and worse as she slowly died of cancer. She has replaced the cat, but still chain smokes.


14 posted on 08/17/2014 12:30:32 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I tried to be normal once. Worst two minutes of my life.)
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To: Monkey Face

their lungs are much smaller, it doesn’t take much


15 posted on 08/17/2014 12:31:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

That much, I know. And they were never meant to smoke. No thumbs, no lips.


16 posted on 08/17/2014 12:33:37 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I tried to be normal once. Worst two minutes of my life.)
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To: martin_fierro

Riot starting in 3...2...


17 posted on 08/17/2014 12:34:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Monkey Face

Damn. That’s heartbreaking.


18 posted on 08/17/2014 12:35:34 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Joe 6-pack

And I thought dogs were smart.


19 posted on 08/17/2014 12:36:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My beloved MaiseyJane was a year old when I adopted her. A vet asked me if anyone smoked in the home, as her lungs were not strong. No one in my house smokes, and a year after MaiseyJane moved in with us, her lungs were fine.

Point is, it took more than a year for her lungs to be clear and strong after leaving her smoking home.


20 posted on 08/17/2014 12:39:34 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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Did You Know?

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21 posted on 08/17/2014 12:42:31 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Slings and Arrows

They will get stomach cancer from licking the tar reside from their fur. Have seen it happen. Smokers are extremely selfish!


22 posted on 08/17/2014 12:43:03 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Monkey Face

So what evidence do you have aside your belief of what caused the cancer?


23 posted on 08/17/2014 12:44:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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To: Veto!

Thank Ceiling Cat she ended up with you.


24 posted on 08/17/2014 12:45:04 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Slump Tester

No argument.


25 posted on 08/17/2014 12:46:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: cripplecreek

What difference does it make to you?


26 posted on 08/17/2014 12:53:36 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I tried to be normal once. Worst two minutes of my life.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Damn! You’re on a roll today!


27 posted on 08/17/2014 12:53:37 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I thank Ceiling Cat every day:)


28 posted on 08/17/2014 12:56:02 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

> Damn! You’re on a roll today!

No point in loafing.


29 posted on 08/17/2014 12:58:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Though the dangers secondhand smoke poses to humans are well documented and understood

WRONG!

That junk science was discredited years ago. It's a tenet of faith to the nannies. But, it just happens to be a big lie.

I'd be open to the idea that it could hurt dogs & cats. But not people.

30 posted on 08/17/2014 1:01:33 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Peace On Earth! Purity of Essence! McCain/Ripper 2016)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I smoked 35 years. Had 3 cats. One lived 19 years, one 17 years and one got hit by a car.


31 posted on 08/17/2014 1:08:12 PM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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To: cripplecreek

The science is closed, Cripple.

The consensus (of one) is unanimous!

lol


32 posted on 08/17/2014 1:08:43 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Slings and Arrows

I thought I’d seen everything alarmist and chicken little-ish about smoking, alcohol, sugar and fat and everything else personal the nannies want to be up your ass about-it seem that I was mistaken...


33 posted on 08/17/2014 1:10:37 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Slings and Arrows

34 posted on 08/17/2014 1:10:46 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: cripplecreek

Well, I’m sure some nanny somewhere must have proof-and put down that beer, and those chips-your dog might eat one...


35 posted on 08/17/2014 1:14:15 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Slings and Arrows

What’s next?

Gluten-free catnip?


36 posted on 08/17/2014 1:15:29 PM PDT by Laslo Fripp (The Sybil of Free Republic)
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To: Slings and Arrows
BS. Where is the experiment showing harm from tobacco smoke, even direct one let alone SHS?

In fact there were plenty of experiments done by antismoking scientists over the last six decades of "scientific" antismoking seeking to prove the harm from inhalation of tobacco smoke, but you will never see them mentioned in the media or hear about them from your doctor.

The reason for the odd silence is that they all went the "wrong" way -- the smoking animals live 20% longer while staying livelier, sharper and thinner into the old age. This "paradox" persisted even under the most extreme and unnatural smoking conditions such as smoking sessions concentrated to few hours per day with smoke levels boosted to the very edge of asphyxiation. Still, the smoking animals outlived the non-smoking ones (e.g. at the end of couple recent experiments by the time all nonsmoking mice or rats died, half the smoking animals were still alive).

Interestingly, when some real lung carcinogens are given to animals, such as radon to dogs in one experiment, 7 times fewer smoking dogs got lung cancer than non-smoking dogs.

In early 1970s National Cancer Institute sought to scientifically show damage from smoking in work place (as part of Nixon's "war on cancer", laying groundwork for workplace smoking bans), so they contracted the largest animal study to date, on Syrian Golden Hamsters (great hope of sntismoking research at the time, since they were particularly sensitive to smoke).

Unfortunately for them, the 'great hope' backfired horribly, showing exactly the opposite from what they wished to show -- tobacco smoke was protective against variety of industrial toxins and carcinogens, and smoking animals in all groups outlived (by about 20%) the non-smoking animals (pdf, p. 40):

"With the exception of the two asbestos-exposed groups (Groups 5 and 6), the groups exposed to cigarette smoke lived significantly (p<0.05) longer than their sham-smoke-exposed cohorts. The hamsters exposed to asbestos plus cigarette smoke also outlived their sham-smoke-exposed cohorts; however the difference was not statistically significant. Asbestos decreased the lifespan of the asbestos-exposed groups and thereby masked, to a degree, the difference in the survival between the smoke-exposed animals and their sham-smoke-exposed cohorts which is so readily apparent in other groups (Figure 23)."

Here are survival curve & weight curve for smoking group and group group inhaling Hepa filterted air: when nearly all non-smoking hamsters died (at around 18 months), nearly 50% of smoking hamsters were still alive. The weight curve shows smoking animals having 10-25% lower weight for nearly entire lifespans.

For references and discussion see this post with links to highlights of a longer thread Smoking is good for you in health & life-extension forum Longecity.

37 posted on 08/17/2014 1:15:53 PM PDT by nightlight7
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Too funny!


38 posted on 08/17/2014 1:16:23 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: martin_fierro; Slings and Arrows

I can see Flava Flav as a cat.


39 posted on 08/17/2014 1:18:40 PM PDT by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder ")
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To: Laslo Fripp

There is already gluten-free pet food-my dog and cats tried to hide the coupon from me that came in the mail...


40 posted on 08/17/2014 1:20:49 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Both my parents smoked like chimneys all through my childhood and the childhood of my 4 siblings. My mother likely smoked while she breastfed us. The car was always filled with smoke too. We grew up in smoggy southern california when it was at its worst in the 1960’s. We are all in our 60’s now and none of us have had any lung issues whatsoever. We had several pets and none of them had any lung issues either or died of cancer of any type.


41 posted on 08/17/2014 1:22:08 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

But it’s okay to smoke pot around the pets. Hell it’s good for you according to the stoners in CO and OR!


42 posted on 08/17/2014 1:28:44 PM PDT by 9422WMR ("Ignorance can be cured by education, but stupidity is forever.")
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To: Monkey Face

I see a lot of global warming style “science” here that doesn’t express anything more than belief.

Most pets have considerably shorter lifespans than humans and the likelihood of disease increases with age. I don’t smoke now but I had plenty of pets and none ever developed cancer till one I had long after quitting. I’ve only had one dog that managed to develop 2 different types of cancer in her old age and I got her long after I quit smoking. The first was a cancer of the nerve sheath in her leg that was surgically removed and then she developed pancreatic cancer which killed her about 2 years later.

In dealing with my dog’s cancer I discussed it extensively with my vet and she claims that most cancers in dogs are due to genetic predisposition rather than environmental factors because of their shorter lifespans. They generally don’t live long enough to develop diseases resulting from environmental factors unless the environmental factors are rather severe.Things like lung size are completely meaningless.


43 posted on 08/17/2014 1:28:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek ("Moderates" are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.)
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To: 9422WMR

smoke in your lungs is never a good thing


44 posted on 08/17/2014 1:29:28 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: HerrBlucher
Both my parents smoked like chimneys all through my childhood and I got asthma for the rest of my life as a result. My father died of lung cancer. Smoking undoubtedly exacerbated my mother's heart issues and may well have accelerated her Alzheimers. Don't even begin to blather to me that secondhand smoke is harmless.

And, I think it's cruel to subject pets, with them being captive in your environment, to secondhand smoke. It can't in any way be good for them if it downright doesn't give them cancer or respiratory problems.

45 posted on 08/17/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: 9422WMR

It probably won’t be long before we start seeing these “designer” Pot Shops selling marijuana-laced doggie biscuits to their pothead customers. Whadda country!


46 posted on 08/17/2014 1:32:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It's my home!)
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To: EinNYC

I wasn’t blathering to you, why would you even think that? I was simply giving my ancectode regarding second hand smoke. Post hoc ergo Propter hoc is the most common logical fallacy and it permeates peoples thinking on just about everything.


47 posted on 08/17/2014 1:36:23 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: cripplecreek
I see a lot of global warming style “science” here that doesn’t express anything more than belief.

Its positively Algorian.

48 posted on 08/17/2014 1:38:53 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Monkey Face
What difference does it make to you?

I would like to know too. The story smelled like a feline with irritable bowel syndrome.
49 posted on 08/17/2014 1:44:56 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: lucky american
one got hit by a car.

Well there you go, poor thing couldn't see the car through the smoke.

50 posted on 08/17/2014 2:25:35 PM PDT by xone
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