Smoke free advocates may think of kids and families as the first ones to suffer from a smoker’s secondhand smoke- but what about our furry friends?
Secondhand smoke can be as dangerous for animals as it is to us. Dogs from smoking homes have been found to have higher rates of nose and lung cancer than those from smoke-free homes. Exposure to secondhand smoke can also cause scarring of lung tissues, asthma, and bronchitis.
Pets who groom themselves, especially cats, put themselves at a higher risk for mouth cancer because they ingest smoke particles that gather on their fur. Pet rabbits are especially prone to heart problems and high blood pressure when they inhale passive smoke. Smoke particles can even settle in aquarium tanks, creating a toxic environment for fish.
Electronic devices, like vapes or e-cigarettes, may not necessarily be safer. The aerosols released from these products can release toxic chemicals that may irritate the respiratory systems of pets and they may ingest harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde or propylene glycol off of their fur.