For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
Smoking and Animals
Many people will resolve to quit smoking in 2006.
The Wisconsin Humane Society would like to remind
people that second-hand cigarette smoke is not only
a danger to smokers' two-legged family members,
but also a threat to their furry animals as well.
For some time, veterinarians
have known that second-hand cigarette smoke increases
the risk of respiratory problems and cancer in companion
animals. More scientific studies have come out supporting
this point of view.
> A study done
at Tufts University found that cats who lived in
a home with a smoker were more than twice as likely
to develop feline lymphoma cancer.
> The University
of Massachusetts reports that dogs who live with
a smoker have a 60 percent chance of developing
> While cigarette
smoke affects furniture, rugs and curtains, it can
also affect a companion animal's living quarters
and get into his or her fur and skin. A cat's hair
continuously traps large quantities of smoke particles.
According to the University of Massachusetts, the
cat sniffs and inhales these concentrated particles
from his fur while grooming which leads to lymphoma
in the nasal passages and intestines as well as
The Wisconsin Humane
Society would like to encourage companion animal
guardians to please consider the effects that their
smoking may be having on all loved ones the next
time they reach for a cigarette. Even if a smoker
isn't ready to quit, the Wisconsin Humane Society
urges them to consider limiting the areas where
they smoke so that animals are not impacted.
schedule an interview with a Wisconsin Humane Society
veterinarian, contact Dezarae Jones Hartwig at (414)
(Dec. 27) or Michele Tegen at (414) 431-6221 (Dec.