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Do Tell: Pets Prompt Kicking Cigarettes to the Curb?

Would the knowledge that smoking also hurts your precious pals prompt you to quit . . . or be more motivation than you could muster up on your own? Well, the results of a recent study show that pet owners previously uninterested in giving up cigarettes may be compelled to do so when told of the effects on animals. According to the researchers, secondhand smoke has been associated with a variety of problems including lymphomas in cats and nasal and lung cancer in dogs and, among the smokers surveyed, 28 percent said that "knowing they were putting their pets at risk would make them try to quit," nearly 19 percent would no longer allow smoking inside the home, and 40 percent expressed interest in information on smoking and quitting.

If you smoke, or know a smoker, did you know of the repercussions for furry friends? Do you think the likelihood of quitting goes up significantly when there's an innocent bystander involved?

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