The risks of passive smoking are well documented and most people are aware that breathing in someone else’s secondhand fumes can be harmful to their health; however, not many people consider the harm to their pets’ health. Breathing secondhand smoke can be just as damaging to an animal’s wellbeing as to a human’s.
Lingering tobacco residue
The FDA has reported that smoking leaves residue around the home that can be harmful to pets and increase their risk of developing cancer, lung disease and heart disease. Animals at risk include dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish and birds. Tobacco residue can be found on furniture and in carpet fibres, which animals can then ingest and breathe in.
Chemicals trapped in carpets
The fact that animals spend more time close to the floor means they are at greater risk of breathing in fumes trapped in the carpet, on rugs and in household dust. The tobacco residue gets into the fur of your pets, which they may then lick as they clean themselves and end up ingesting the tobacco.
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Smoking outside does not eliminate risk
Researchers have discovered that while smoking outside reduces the risk of damaging pets’ health through passive smoking, it does not eliminate it. This is because smoke residue will linger on smokers’ clothes, skin and hair. It seems there is no safe way to smoke and not put pets at risk of health problems.
Lethal cocktail of chemicals
Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 irritants, toxins and cancer-causing substances These chemicals are mostly invisible and odourless, meaning that damage can occur to the passive smoker’s health without anyone being aware.
Although there has been much concern over children being affected by their parents smoking, it has only recently been discovered just how much damage can be done to pets’ health from passive smoking. It seems smoking can damage pets’ health no matter how careful smokers are with smoking outside and not in front of their pets due to the lingering nature of tobacco.