Secondhand smoke harms your pet: Stop smoking for your dog?

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Would you quit smoking for your pet’s health?  New survey findings say 28 percent of adult pet owners would try. The study is from The Henry Ford Health System Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and appears in Tobacco Control.

What was interesting to me were the cited studies that linked pet health and secondhand smoke. (Sorry, no word on pets who actually smoke.)

  • Dogs: nasal cancer, lung cancer, allergic reactions
  • Cats: lymphoma, oral cancer
  • Birds: eye disease, respiratory problems, dermatitis

I know, I know.  This study was only a survey and all these links between pets and diseases are association studies, but this your pet we’re talking about.

When nonsmoking pet owners were asked if they would request that people who lived with them stop smoking, 16 percent said yes and 24 percent said they would ask them to smoke outside.  Get ready for some battles.

Will knowing the risks of secondhand smoke on your pets change your way of handling smokers in your house?

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4 Responses to “Secondhand smoke harms your pet: Stop smoking for your dog?”

  1. Steve Parker, M.D. Says:

    Come to think of it, no one has tried to smoke in my house for years. I don’t know many smokers now. And I’m sure the ones I know would ask before lighting up in my house. I couldn’t permit it, mainly because a household member has asthma.

    When I was a young bachelor, I probably would not have banished smokers to the great outdoors.

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  2. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Thanks Dr. Parker,

    Isn’t it interesting that some people who do allow smoking say they won’t if it is harmful to their pet?

  3. FatFighterTV Says:

    If that’s what it’s going to take to get people to stop smoking, I’m all for it! People will do just about anything for their pets! Why didn’t this come out years ago???

  4. natashaclarck Says:

    Secondhand smoke has been associated with oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, as well as lung cancer in birds. If you want to enjoy a healthier lifestyle with your family and pets you should be to stop smoking altogether.

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