Study: Smokers Likely to Quit for Pet's Health

New report represents the first time researchers looked at smoking behaviors of pet owners.

Posted: Feb. 11, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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One in three smokers said they are likely to quit because it's bad for their pets, researchers say.
One more reason for smokers to kick the habit: It's bad for their pet's health, according to the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

A study published Feb. 10 in the British Medical Journal Tobacco Control says that one in three smokers reported they are likely to quit smoking because it’s bad for their pet. The study represents the first time researchers looked at the smoking patterns of people who own or live with a pet.

Participants were either smokers or nonsmokers who lived with a dog, cat or bird. Nearly 3,300 people responded to an online survey through the Michigan Humane Society, Pet Supplies Plus pet stores and Henry Ford Health System.

Sharon Milberger, the study's lead author, said the goal is for smokers to realize that the health of their cat or dog is affected by their smoking habit. "Exposure to secondhand smoke," Milberger said, "has been linked to cancer, allergies, eye and skin diseases and respiratory problems in dogs and cats."

The survey inquired about pets living in the home, smoking behaviors for themselves and of the people with whom they live, interest in quitting smoking and smoking rules in the home.

Henry Ford researchers reported that:

  • 28.4 percent of smokers said knowing that smoking was bad for their pets' health would motivate them to quit.

  • 8.7 percent of smokers said knowing that smoking was bad for their pets' health would motivate them to ask their smoking partners to stop.

  • 14 percent of smokers said they would tell their partner to smoke outdoors.

  • Among nonsmokers, more than 16 percent said they would ask their partner to quit and 24 percent said they would tell their partner to smoke outside.
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bobbie jo    ghent, NY

5/27/2010 11:49:02 AM

I think thats great what ever it takes to get prople to stop smoking

Emily    Brook, IN

2/17/2009 6:10:22 AM

I think that it is grate that people can do that. I just wish my mom could do that for me and my cat.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

2/12/2009 6:08:26 AM

Great news for kitties and their owners!

momo    anaheim, CA

2/11/2009 11:47:32 PM

a good thing
smoking is unhealthy for the smoker and his/her surroundings

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