Despite the fact that animals are not legally required to be used in tobacco product testing and that superior non-animal testing methods exist, Altria (parent company of Philip Morris USA) and Philip Morris International—two of the world’s largest tobacco companies and makers of Marlboro, Virginia Slims, and Parliament, among other brands—continue to subject thousands of animals to cruel and deadly tests.
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Hundreds of animals were subjected to tests in which cigarette smoke was pumped directly into their noses for hours at a time and for months before being killed and dissected. For decades, health officials have known that smoking causes disease and that animal tests are poor predictors of these consequences. Despite the fact that there are more effective alternatives, tobacco companies continue to force animals to smoke.
TESTS DOESN’T WORK:
Poor animals like dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits and monkeys are still forced to smoke for 6 – 10 hours per day for testing the cigarettes and the effects of the ingredients and yet different animals react to toxins differently, and laboratory animals haven’t been exposed to cigarette smoke in the same way that human smokers are that is why these poor animals tend to die after some time during the experiment.
Because animal experiments did not show a link between tobacco and lung cancer in humans, the link between tobacco and lung cancer in humans was kept hidden for years and therefore it was unknown for ages that cigarettes could also cause lung cancer if taken continuously for years.
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The tobacco industry’s bad science backed up their outright denial of the risks, and in many cases, it resulted in animal suffering for no real gain in knowledge. Furthermore, the “low tar” or “light” cigarette disaster demonstrates that the tobacco industry doesn’t care who suffers when it comes to creating the perception that cigarettes are safer than they are.
The end result of the tobacco industry’s bad science is a lack of understanding about the risks of cigarettes, as well as harm to both the animals used in testing and the general public.
1) How many animals died in non-informative tests for no apparent reason?
2) How many smokers switched to low-tar cigarettes in the mistaken belief that it would improve their health?
These are difficult questions to answer, but it’s clear that the tobacco industry’s bad science has caused a great deal of harm
People have typed in google asking questions like ‘ Which is the safest cigarette to smoke?’ ‘How many cigarettes shall I smoke per day?’ ‘For how many years could we smoke cigarettes before having lung cancer?’
Smoker’s find it cool and trendy to smoke and jeopardize their own health without realising its adverse effects. On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day in 2018, the National Institute of Cancer Research and Prevention (NICPR) in Noida opened the country’s first laboratory to suggest standards for various types of tobacco. According to the World Health Organization, India has 12 per cent of the world’s smokers, making it one of the top four tobacco users.