One-third of dog owners say their pets have become unwell as a result of their smoking.
According to a new poll performed by MIST in the United Kingdom, one in every three British smokers has seen their pet become unwell as a result of secondhand smoke.
Tobacco smoke, as we all know, contains carcinogens, a class of chemicals that can cause cancer. Inhaling secondhand smoke exposes animals to the danger of developing malignant cells in their lungs, mouth, and nose.
With an estimated four million pets living in smoking households across the UK, the data suggests that over one million (1,356,864) animals are currently suffering from second-hand smoke-related ailments.
According to the figures, there are 642,960 dogs and 676,800 cats who are at risk of becoming unwell as a result of their smoking owners.
Because pets prefer to snuggle up with their owners and spend more time in the house lying around on the furniture – which may be contaminated in carcinogenic particles – they are especially vulnerable to disease.
Pets then spend their time grooming themselves, which causes the hazardous particles to be digested. Cats are thought to be more vulnerable than other pets due of their cleanliness.
According to other investigations, dogs exposed to secondhand smoking are more likely to have eye infections, allergies, and respiratory problems.
Nasal cancer is also more common in dogs who live in smoke-filled surroundings. Long-nosed dogs are thought to be the most vulnerable, with a 250 percent chance of contracting the disease.
According to MIST's research, a quarter of smokers are utterly unaware of how their habit may be impacting their pets.
As a result, three out of every five smokers said they would quit if they thought it was harming their pet. One in every five respondents, on the other hand, stated that they would refuse to stop.
It's astounding and disheartening to witness the amount of animals around the country who are negatively impacted by their owners' second-hand smoke, especially when you consider it can lead to certain malignancies, said Fred Cassman, founder and CEO of MIST.
According to the poll results, there is a significant lack of understanding about this subject. We want to communicate the findings so that we can inspire Brits to quit smoking by 2022 and learn more about the harm that tobacco smoke causes not just to humans but also to our beloved pets.