Smocking experiments: tobacco is tested on animals
For the majority of cigarette brands, tobacco is tested on animals. Cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, monkeys (…) endure tests even though they are not useful. Variables that exist between each species do not allow us to have constructive results. The law does not require these tests to be conducted because alternative methods exist. Tested tobacco is extremely harmful. Nevertheless, contract laboratories and the majority of tobacco companies continue these experiments to assess new substances and new papers.
Animals are forced to smoke between 6 to 10 hours per day, 5 to 7 days per week.
Various methods are used to conduct these experiments:
- Animals are tied to or contained in tubes and constantly receive cigarette smoke in their bronchi through the use of ventilation
- Cigarette tar is applied on the animals’ skin in order to bring out skin tumours
- Devices are implanted in the animals’ heads to study the effects of nicotine
- Electrodes are positioned inside the animal’s penis to test the effects of cigarette on sexual functioning
- A hole is cut in the animals’ throats to place a tube that will make them breath large quantities of cigarette smoke
Cruelty-free cigarette brands
There are a few cigarette brands which do not proceed to animal testing:
- Benson & Hedges Gold
- (El) Che
- Fleur du Pays
- Natural American Spirit
According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), 5 million people die each year because of tobacco use. But the negative impact of smoking on their health does not seem to be enough to convince smokers to quit. Animal testing can be another reason to quit. Unfortunately, the majority of smokers are not aware animal testing exist, especially at this point in time. Sadly, while animal testing is absolutely unnecessary, it is real.