Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cigarettes and Pets

   March is Poison Prevention month. Instead of the most common household poisons; I want to share one that you might not think about when it comes to your pets. Cigarettes.
   There are countless reasons to kick the cigarette habit. You know how bad they are for your health. The price of a carton has risen to ridiculous prices. If you pay $7 for a pack of cigarettes, and smoke a pack per day, in ten years you will spend $25,550! Your clothes, hair, and breath smell like stale tobacco. 

   I smoked for many years. It has been two and half years since I quit. It is so nice not coughing and hacking each morning. It is funny how horrible cigarette smoke smells to me now. I can smell it on people in stores and it turns my stomach.
   Even though you know all of the reasons to stop lighting up, it doesn’t make it any easier. I get that too. If you can’t quit for your own health, let’s think about your dogs and cats. Cigarettes are harming them too.  
   How can your smoking affect your pet? The same way it harms the people around you. It is the toxins of second-hand smoke. It is estimated that 30% of pet owners live with a smoker. Studies show that animals face health risks when exposed to cigarette smoke. These include respiratory problems, allergies, nasal, and lung cancer.
   If you still aren’t convinced, consider dog nicotine poisoning. This can be the result of your dog eating cigarette or cigar butts, drinking water with cigarette butts in it, and munching on a nicotine replacement patch or nicotine gum. The toxic level 10 mg/kg of nicotine in dogs is potentially fatal. To put that in perspective, one cigarette contains 15–25 mg. of nicotine and the butt of one contains 4-8 mg. That is scary.
   Spring is the time for new beginnings. Make a fresh start with your health and that of your best friend by talking to your doctor about kicking the cigarette habit. You can do it!
You can read more of my journey of being smoke-free with 

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  1. Well, my momma's been coughin and hacking but it's a cold or da flu - not cigarettes. I bet dey would just make her even worse!

  2. I have no nico nor tina in my furs... the staff never smokes in da house or in the car, nor do we go to places where someone smokes inside of a room. that's a complete no-go even when we are in france where a galois between the lips is quasi a fashion accessory :o)

  3. No smoking here. We feel so bad for pets that live with smokers. So glad your mom doesn't smoke any more!

  4. Great post! So many people smoke out their pets and their families! Congrats to your mom for kicking the habit years ago.

  5. Angel Maggie used to hide her nose in mom's pant leg when she smelled cigarette smoke or truck or car exhaust. She was a smart girl♥

  6. The toughest thing I had to do was quit smoking! When I was diagnosed with asthma, I really had no choice...but that did not make it any easier! I actually got addicted to the nicotine gum for awhile...but I have not had a cigarette in many years now. You are right...the smell gets to me now also!! Congrats on quitting!

  7. We have a friend who almost lost her child when she ate cigarettes. Scary.

  8. This is a great post, congrats on kicking the habit!
    Mr Bailey, hazel & mabel

  9. I don't smoke in the house but I know that second-hand (coming in on my clothes) is dangerous...sure wish you lived near me....I know I have to quit......God-willing this Spring xoxo

  10. Very good advice! Keep that stuff away from pets! Ghostwriter, as a nurse (and a non-smoker) still cannot believe the number of nurses who smoke! They should know better! She also sees the end stage of heart and lung diseases caused by smoking, and it is NOT a pretty sight!

  11. Bentley and Pierre give your mom a HIGH five for kicking those butts to the curb!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  12. Wooftastic post Bentley & Pierre!
    3 bum swings! 3 more!
    My huMom understands that smoking is one of the hardest addictions to manage but she gets very upset when she sees humans smoking around companion animals & children.
    Thank you for writing this pawsome post that everyone should read.

    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia

  13. Great post, and great information ! Paws up for quitting smoking ! Purrs

  14. I wish I could be this on some people's windshields
    Lily & Edward

  15. We know someone whose KITTY tried to eat a cig. Filter and Choked to death on it.

  16. All we can say is that we're so glad our peeps don't smoke!

  17. I'm glad I never did more than try it. Kudos to you for quitting! My hubby quit many years ago and I'm pretty sure he doesn't miss it at all either.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  18. An impawtent post! Cigarettes aren't good for any living thing!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  19. Ma used to smoke too. It was many moons ago before I came to lives here, butts I am glads I never had to smell it. When Ma did smoke, she HATED the smell, and hates it now even more. Butts, the thing she can't understand is how peeps can afford to buy cigs!!! OMD, they are super duper expensive!!!! When Ma smoked they were 20dollars a carton, now...geez.
    I am super glads you guys quit! High Paw!!!
    Ruby ♥

  20. Great post and congrats on your continued success with not smoking, very proud of you!

  21. Big canine kudos for stopping smoking. It's a hard habit to give up so you definitely get a gold star for this success! ⭐️


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