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Cigarettes Kill Animals Too

Cigarettes Kill Animals Too

Most people are fully aware that smoking cigarettes is dangerous to one’s health. With the ever-present Surgeon General Warnings printed on every single tobacco product on the market, you would be hard pressed to have missed it.

It doesn’t necessarily take a doctor or scientist though to realize that breathing in carcinogens on a daily basis is a potentially lethal habit. Common sense tells us that breathing smoke of any kind is bad for our lungs, yet for tens of thousands of dogs in research laboratories around the world — who are forced to ingest cigarette smoke for upwards of ten hours a day — this apparently obvious fact is ignored. 

In the tobacco industry’s vain attempt to prove that their product doesn’t actually kill people, they have invested literally millions of dollars into animal testing facilities of their own.

Despite the fact all scientific evidence points to the same conclusion — using cigarettes and other tobacco products leads to cancers, emphysema, birth defects and a host of other physical ailments in humans — tobacco companies and research laboratories continue on with what appears to be not only a complete disregard of scientific findings, but a lack of concern for the lives of other beings. 

Inside laboratories built by the tobacco industry, or in contract laboratories, beagle puppies are attached to gas mask-like devices and forced to breath in cigarette smoke for hours on end. After enduring months, if not years, of this torture, the poor, helpless dogs are killed so their lungs and other organs can be examined to study the impact the smoke had on them.


Since all conclusive evidence points to the fact that smoking is harmful for human beings, what could the possible motivation be for torturing and killing non-human animals, such as these dogs? And this horrific treatment is not limited to dogs. Pregnant Rhesus monkeys in these laboratories are forced to breathe in cigarette smoke during the duration of their pregnancy and, shortly before giving birth, the mother and her unborn child will be killed so her body may be dissected and her baby removed to observe the side effects of smoking on pregnancy and fetal development.

The same is true for a host of other species such as mice and rats.
It is hard for me to fathom the consciousness of a person who attaches a gas mask to a puppy’s or pregnant monkey’s face each day. What must go through their minds to enable them to justify such injustice?  Unlike other forms of vivisection where a lab technician can delude themselves into believing that sacrificing another species benefits the greater good, those working inside tobacco research laboratories must be all too aware that their “research” will benefit no one other than the tobacco industry’s pockets.

The decision to smoke is each individual’s choice to make, but when you make that choice, please consider the animals trapped in laboratories who have no choice. 


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5:01AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Stop all cruelty. This is an insane world filled with insane people doing insane things to others, children and animals. When will it stop? Maybe when people Wake up! The world sleeps and the big companies build their wealth on death and sickness, pills and more. This is all so Sad. Pray for the world and all life forms.

11:29AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

This article made me really sad. I hope that in the future people would stop animal testing and start using other methods because there is an alternative ways to do all kinds of tests.

7:50PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Every person over the age of 6 knows that smoking is bad for you. It doesn't take a bunch of horrible tests on innocent dogs to prove otherwise. These tests should be outlawed for what they are; irresponsible, stupid, and certainly horrific for the poor little animals!! It's already proven what cigaretttes do to a body; leave the poor dogs alone and let the people decide for themselves if they want to take a chance of their health by smoking.

5:22PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011


9:03PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

This is despicable!

10:15PM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

My mother died from lung cancer and my father died from a lung tumor. Both of my parents smoke for years. My father had quit smoking over 25 years before he died. Cigarrettes are more dangerous than we realize and the long term effects are beyond calculation

2:48AM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

This is an apaling abuse and to my mind is criminal behior.

5:14PM PDT on Jul 28, 2010

They do experiments because they need to say they did them. There surely aren't giving the true results of the study else no smoking would be advised. In other words they do experiments to say they did them. The results are not used to improve anyone's life or in deciding to take the cigarettes off the market. It is nothing more than going through the motions while they make these poor creatures suffer for nothing. They don't intend to change a thing. Maybe if they thought their children would be reincarnated as a monkey, dog or cat they might think twice about doing these pointless experiments. Do you ever hear of anything being improved because of them? No. It just give someone a job to torture a poor living creature who cannot escape, talk and has no rights to a painless life. What cruelty! And so much because the Bible has told man he should rule over all. Wish crying could solve something. I hate these people who do this.

8:00AM PDT on Jul 28, 2010

These scientists should know better than to force cigarettes down an animals' mouth. Ban the use of cigarettes in animal testing and ban animal testing altogether.

6:59AM PDT on Jul 1, 2010

smoking is bad for humans so why would it not be bad for animals such as dogs and monkeys. no not test on the animals please.

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