2nd Hand Smoke Killing Cats, Too
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STOPPING SMOKING COULD SAVE CATS' LIVES
Wednesday, July 31, 2002
A vet hopes people will be persuaded to stop smoking to prevent their cats
from getting cancer.
Dr Antony Moore from Tufts University in Massachusetts says living in a
house with smokers considerably increases a cat's risk of getting feline
The cancer kills three quarters of its victims within a year.
Mr Moore hopes new research linking second-hand smoke exposure to the most
common kind of feline cancer will encourage some people to kick the habit.
He said: ''I think there are a lot of people who might not quit smoking for
themselves or their family. But they might for their cats.''
Mr Moore and other researchers at Tufts and the University of Massachusetts
have published their findings in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
They studied 180 cats treated at a Tufts veterinary hospital between 1993
They found that, adjusting for age and other factors, cats exposed to
second-hand smoke had more than double the risk of getting feline lymphoma.
In households where they were exposed for five years or more, cats had more
than triple the risk. In a two-smoker household, the risk went up by a
factor of four.
The same researchers plan a similar study on dogs. The source of canine
lymphoma is also unclear, though it's possible cats may be more vulnerable.
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