Secondhand smoke harms pets

Apr 242007
Authors: Jessi Stafford

Secondhand smoke not only affects your roommate, but it also affects your dog. And CSU is genuinely concerned about the 4,000 chemicals your pooch is unknowingly inhaling.

Today, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., CSU is hosting the 5th annual Stomp, Romp and Wag on the north lawn of Hartshorn Health Service. The event is held each spring in hopes of educating college-aged smokers of the health risks their canines are subjected to because of the cancer-causing addiction.

“Fifty-two percent of the people who attended last years’ event did not know that secondhand smoke is bad for pets,” said Gwen Sieving, organizer of Stomp, Romp and Wag.

As part of the annual event, there will be basic health checks for dogs, a guest speaker from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and a pet-owner look-alike contest, among other things. All students are welcome to join, as are their dogs.

Thirty-six percent of CSU students are tobacco users, according to Tobacco Use Among College Students Survey, and dogs that inhale secondhand smoke are three times more likely to develop lung or nasal cancer than dogs who live in smoke-free homes.

“Protect your pet,” Sieving said.

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