Alas, one of the problems which contributes to this issue is the attitude we have against other humans. We don’t really care about their well-being or feelings.
But animals are another story. It seems like many would for some strange reason save 1 dog and sacrifice 100 people for it. Perhaps, smokers would refrain from doing so if they were reminded that they harm the animals too.
Dogs with long noses are at an even greater risk of developing certain nasal and sinus cancers, as they expose more tissue to the carcinogens when they inhale. Following known exposure, chemicals from cigarette smoke can be found in animals’ bodies for a long period of time. In fact, measurable levels of carcinogens can be found in dogs’ hair and urine for several months after exposure.
Cats exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased chance of developing squamous cell carcinoma, a type of oral cancer commonly found in humans that smoke tobacco, possibly because the carcinogens in tobacco smoke can settle on a cat’s fur and be ingested when the cat grooms itself.
Pets can also have strong reactions to smoke particles in the air. Just like members of their human families, pets can develop respiratory infections, lung inflammation and asthma when exposed to secondhand smoke.
I decided to share this because I have noticed some people act like animals are somehow immune to the effects of smoking.
I hope you are able to see the dangers of smoking for everyone. – G.S.