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Pets Share your Air

Did you know?

Your pets share some common physiology with you, so things that are toxic to you are toxic to them.

  • Dogs that inhale secondhand smoke are three times more likely to develop lung cancer or other cancers than dogs living in smoke-free homes.
  • Cats are more likely to get Feline Lymphoma in a smoker’s home.
  • Because cats and dogs are lower in height, they are closer to the carpets and furniture that smoke becomes trapped in and are exposed to the tobacco residue that builds up on surfaces and furnishings.
  • Secondhand smoke causes respiratory difficulties and breathing problems in pets such as asthma.
  • Nicotine from secondhand smoke can affect the nervous systems of cats and dogs.

If you love animals and smoke around your pets, here are some tips….

  • The best way to limit the danger of secondhand smoke and pets is to quit smoking now.
  • Designate a separate room for smoking and keep your pets out.
  • Ventilate your space to dilute the second hand smoke.
  • By smoking outside only, you can minimize secondhand smoke exposure for both pets and people.
  • Avoid smoking around your pet and save money on your vet bills.

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Contact Us

Questions? Feedback?
Email the Tobacco- and Smoke-Free UAlbany Steering Committee Co-Chairs at TobaccoFreeUAlbany@albany.edu


Estela M. Rivero, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for
Student Affairs Health,
Counseling, and Behavioral Health

M. Dolores Cimini, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research