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      STOPPING SMOKING COULD SAVE CATS' LIVES
      Ananova
      Wednesday, July 31, 2002

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_641285.html?menu=news.scienceanddiscove
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      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
      lymphoma.

      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
      and 2000.

      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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