Secondhand Smoke

Smoking is Harmful to Pets!



pet asking for help to not smoke around them


While much is often said about the dangers of direct smoking and harmful effects of secondhand exposure to humans, there is also evidence that dogs, cats, and other pets are also adversely affected

How are Pets Affected by Tobacco?

By ingestion of cigarette or cigar butts which contain toxins
blue box By drinking water that contains butts which contain high amounts of nicotine
blue box By breathing secondhand smoke
blue box By ingestion of nicotine replacement gum and patches

Health Effects

blue box Breathing problems in dogs and asthmatic-like symptoms in cats
blue box Salivation
blue box Diarrhea
blue box Vomiting
blue box Cardiac abnormalities
blue box Respiratory difficulties and respiratory paralysis
blue box Feline lymphoma in cats
blue box Lung cancer in dogs
blue box Nasal cancer in dogs
blue box Death- From 1-5 cigarettes and 1/3-1 cigar can be fatal if ingested


blue box As in the case of children and others in the home, don't smoke
blue box If you must smoke take it outside- Don't expose others to your smoke
blue box Don't allow others to smoke around your pets
blue box Keep ashtrays clean- Don't leave butts in them for pets to find
blue box Dispose of nicotine gum and patches in a way pets can't get to them
blue box Consider quitting! Your quitting will benefit your pets too

Other Animal-Friendly Information

blue box Smokefree Pets (Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights)
blue box Stop Smoking- For Your Health and Your Pet's Health (AVMA)
blue box Nicotine Poisoning in Pets (
blue box How Cigarettes and Smoking Impact Your Pet's Health (Dr. Karen Becker)
blue box Be Smoke-free and Help Your Pets Live Longer, Healthier Lives (

Learn More About Quitting

blue box Quitting tips and resources
blue box Utah Quit Line
blue box Utah QuitNet










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