Study Finds Smokers Would Quit For Pets

Would you quit your habit to keep your pet healthy?Would you quit your habit to keep your pet healthy?

Smoking can be a hard habit to quit, but a new study finds that smokers may be willing to give up their tobacco in order to save their pet’s health.

Researchers at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan found that 1 in 3 smokers would quit if they found it was bad for their pet’s health.

Evidence in their research shows that second hand smoke can be just as dangerous for pets as it is for other people, causing respiratory and other problems for dogs and cats.

About 3,300 pet owners in southeast Michigan took an online survey that asked them about their smoking habits and how much they knew about second-hand smoke effects.

From the results, they found that 28.4 percent of smokers would most likely quit, knowing it was bad for their pet’s health. Around 8.7 percent stated that they would ask their partners to give up their habit while 14 percent said they would ask their partner to smoke outdoors instead of in the home.

“Educational campaigns informing pet owners of the risks of SHS [second hand smoke] exposure for pets could motivate some owners to quit smoking. It could also motivate these owners and non-smoking owners who cohabit with smokers make their homes smoke-free,” say the authors of the study, which is published online in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control.

What would you do? Would you give up smoking knowing that it may help your pet live a longer, healthier life?


Source: ScienceDaily

Thanks to Suz for the tip!


Feb 13, 2009
by Anonymous

Anti-smokers are lying scum

Every smoking ban, everywhere, has been rammed down the public's throat by falsely framing the issue as "freedom versus public health," and CONCEALING ANTI-SMOKER SCIENTIFIC FRAUD.

More than 50 studies have implicated human papillomaviruses as the cause of over 22% of non-small cell lung cancers. This equals over 30,000 cases, which is over ten times more lung cancers than the anti-smokers pretend are caused by secondhand smoke. Passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, so the anti-smokers' studies, because they are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, are cynically DESIGNED to falsely blame passive smoking for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV. A significant proportion of lung cancers blamed on active smoking are actually caused by HPV as well. Obviously, there is a corrupt, politically-motivated coverup of a far larger cause of lung cancer than radon or secondhand smoke!

The anti-smokers lie that smoking bans cause "immediate, dramatic" declines in the number of heart attacks. In the Pueblo study, the death rates from acute myocardial infarction actually increased in the year after the ban, the same time they were boasting that the number of admissions declined! That suggests that people were dying because they weren’t admitted to hospitals when they should have been! And in the Indiana study, they exploited an anomalous spike in acute MIs during the "before" section of the study, to make the "after" part look better! And in the Helena study, the actual death rates from acute myocardial infarction (as opposed to hospital admissions which were the endpoint of the study) were nearly identical in 2001 (before the ban) and 2002 (the year of the ban), and reached their lowest point in 2003, the year after the smoking ban was repealed.

If smoking or passive smoking were real causes of asthma, the rates of asthma would have gone DOWN. But the EPA's own report says, "Between 1980 and 1995, the percentage of children with asthma doubled, from 3.6 percent in 1980 to 7.5 percent in 1995." The graph on pdf page 65 boasts of declines in cotinine levels during this same period.$file/EE-0438A-01.pdf

And the CDC says, "Despite the plateau in asthma prevalence, ambulatory care use has continued to grow since 2000... Increased ambulatory care use for asthma has continued during an era when overall rate of ambulatory care use for children did not increase."

The government has no right to restrict peoples' liberty without a compelling justification. The anti-smokers have no such justification, so THEY COMMITTED SCIENTIFIC FRAUD TO DECEIVE THE PUBLIC. This is a classic example of how the unscrupulous manipulators of public opinion have railroaded Americans into tyranny!

Feb 18, 2009
by Anonymous

I may need to buy a pet??

Great article, quitting smoking is hard for everyone. The motivation to quit is usually one that is personal. If you value the health and life of your pet then, giving up smoking for them is great.

I must admit, I would give up smoking for my children, for a pet it would depend on the pet. If you decide to quit smoking, no matter what th0e reason, then you are to be congratulated.

Quitting smoking requires desire and motivation, have those and you are almost there. A pet may be that last motivating factor. I hope it is for all reading this article.

Once again, great article and food for thought.

Graeme Teague
Quit Smoking Review

P.S: The reply above is a bit intense. Sure there is no 100% link to cancer, asthma etc. If there was everyone who smoked would have these - they don't. Common sense should still prevails. Your lungs are a very sensitive organ - clogging them with smoke isn't great. Look at smokers versus non-smokers in their older years. Who looks and feels better???

Mar 12, 2009
by Anonymous

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