Secondhand Smoke and Pets
Secondhand smoke lingers in the air your animal breathes in and is harmful to pets.
Thirdhand smoke is a residue of harmful compounds that are left behind, such as nicotine, that can get on skin and clothes, furniture, carpets, and other things where a smoker lives.
Like children, dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets, and rugs. It gets on their fur.
Dogs, cats, and children not only breathe these harmful substances in, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner’s hair, skin, and clothes.
And of course, if your dog or cat grooms itself or another animal, they are ingesting the residues as well.
- Dogs exposed to secondhand smoke have more eye infections, allergies, and respiratory issues, including lung cancer, and a greater risk for nasal cancer.
- Cats who live with people who smoke more than a pack of cigarettes a day have three times the risk of developing lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
- Secondhand smoke can endanger your pet bird, guinea pig, and even your fish.
Source: Food and Drug Administration