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DOH Warns Of Dangers Of Secondhand Smoke For Pets December 06, 2005 10:04 AM

 Not good news for some.

The city’s Department of Health warns that secondhand smoke not only affects the people around you, but the pets around you as well.

As part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-smoking campaign, a new health advisory reminds smokers that their cats and dogs have higher cancer rates than the pets of non-smokers. Several recent studies support this finding.

A report in the Journal of Epidemiology says dogs that are in homes with smokers have a 60 percent greater risk of lung cancer. A Tufts University study also concluded that cats of smokers were three times as likely to contract lymphoma.

The ASPCA goes so far as to list tobacco smoke as a poison for birds.

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