10th March 2010
National No Smoking Day � if you won't give up for your health, do it for the
animals! BUAV exposes continued animal testing of cigarettes
To coincide with National No Smoking Day on March 10th, the BUAV is highlighting
the shocking smoking experiments that continue to be carried out on animals by
tobacco company giants Philip Morris (manufacturers of Marlboro) and RJ
Reynolds Tobacco Company (manufacturers of Camel).
The BUAV has discovered a shocking spate of recent experiments in which animals
are still being restrained and forced to breathe smoke to test the 'safety' of
cigarette ingredients and even brands such as Marlboro Lights. In the UK,
experiments to test cigarettes are no longer allowed and yet these studies
continue to be conducted in company laboratories in Europe and the USA.
For example, Philip Morris research groups from the USA, Belgium and Germany
have recently conducted a series of experiments in which hundreds of young rats
were forced into small tubes and made to inhale smoke for 6 hours a day for 90
days. The rats could not avoid the smoke. Their restraint was so severe that
some died of suffocation, apparently while trying to escape. At the end of the
study, those animals who were still alive were killed and their bodies examined.
Not surprisingly, all the animals had suffered damage to their respiratory
These ghastly experiments were carried out to look at the effects of adding
benign substances such as vanillin to improve the 'quality' of cigarettes. One
experiment also compared the toxicology of various brands of cigarettes such as
Marlboro full flavour, Marlboro Lights, and Marlboro Ultra Lights. There were
so many differences between the three brands that the company could only
conclude that neither brand was 'safer' than the other.
In another study, carried out by R J Reynolds in the USA, over 1000 mice and
rats were used to see whether the use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is safe
to use as an ingredient in cigarettes because it would be cheaper to use.
Hundreds of rats were forced to inhale the HFCS-laced smoke while being squeezed
inside glass tubes for 1 hour a day, 5 days a week for 13 weeks. Over 500 mice
were 'painted' with liquefied cigarette smoke to see if it would cause skin
cancer. Seventy-four mice died before the end of the experiment some 30 weeks later. BUAV's Chief Executive, Michelle Thew states: "It is outrageous that in
this day and age, tobacco companies continue to subject animals to these
horrific smoking tests when we all know how harmful smoking is to our health.
Smoking is a lifestyle choice for humans and it is unacceptable that animals
should suffer and die simply in an effort for companies to modify their
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