In the US alone, 400,000 people die every year from tobacco. Worldwide, between 2.5 and 5 million people die. Smoking is harmful to our lungs, but also to our brain, and does not even work, as popularly claimed, to calm the nerves, but quite the opposite.
Smoking not only affects those who smoke, but those around them. Even the objects surrounding a smoker are impregnated with the so-called "third-hand smoke". And if that was not enough, smoking is even harmful to our dog.
This is what the latest study carried out by a team of scientists from the University of Glasgow suggests: pets that live in a smoker's house have worse health.
The researchers analyzed the levels of nicotine in the skin of domestic animals (with smoking and non-smoking owners), concluding that mostly cats, and then dogs, had a higher risk of cell damage, of some types of cancer and of increasing weight. Cats are the most dangerous pets because they ingest more smoke than dogs because of their high level of self-hygiene, whereby they absorb more toxins from the environment.
Pets would even be more at risk than children because they are less tall and more prone to third-hand humor. As he explains Clare Knottenbelt, study leader:
Pet owners often do not think about the impact that smoking could have on their pets. Quitting smoking altogether is the best option for the future health of both your pet and your pet.