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Fido, Tiddles, Polly join war on smoking 癮君子願為寵物戒菸

A local cook sticks an anti-smoking logo on the window of his restaurant on the first day of a national smoking ban in all public places in Taipei on Jan. 11, 2009.
元月十一日,公共場所全面禁菸的新規定上路第一天,台北一位廚師在自家�?熊﹞嶀W張貼禁菸標示。照片:美聯社

PHOTO: AP

People who refuse to quit smoking even though they know it could damage their health may kick the habit if they believe it could harm their pet, according to an unusual study published last week.

US researchers asked adult pet owners who lived with dogs, cats or birds to respond to an Internet survey on smoking behavior. A total of 3,293 replied.

Nearly one in three of the smokers said that if they knew that second-hand smoke was bad for their pets, they would give up tobacco.

By comparison, among the non-smokers who lived with a smoker, only 16.4 percent said they would ask their partner to quit if their pet were at risk.

The paper says there is a lot of evidence that passive smoking is as bad for household animals as it is for humans, but many smoking pet-owners are unaware of this risk.

“Educational campaigns informing pet owners of the risks of (second-hand smoke) exposure for pets could motivate some owners to quit smoking,” the study suggests.

(AFP)

上週發表的一項特別研究顯示,即使知道抽菸有害健康也不願戒菸的人,有可能會為了避免害到他們的寵物而戒菸。

美國研究人員針對家中有飼養狗、貓或鳥的成人飼主,進行了一項吸菸行為的網路調查,結果總共回收三千兩百九十三份問卷。

有將近三分之一的吸菸者表示,若知道二手菸有害寵物健康,會願意戒菸。

相較之下,和吸菸者同住的非吸菸者中,僅有百分之十六點四的人表示,會為了寵物的健康要求同居人戒菸。

這項報告指出,有大量證據顯示,二手菸對人體和寵物健康的危害並無太大差異,但�?l菸的飼主並不知道這點。

這項研究建議:「透過教育性的活動讓飼主了解寵物暴露在二手菸下的危險,或�?踸E一些人戒菸。」(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. researcher n.

研究員 (yan2 jiu4 yuan2)

例: Jenny is working as a researcher in Antarctica.

(珍妮在南極洲當研究員。)

2. partner n.

同居人 (tong2 ju1 ren2),伴侶 (ban4 lü3)

例: Walter has been with his partner for seven years.

(華特和他的另一半已經在一起七年了。)

3. unaware adj.

不知道的 (bu4 zhi1 dao4 de5)

例: It surprising how many people are unaware of their country's history.

(不了解自己國家歷史的人出乎意料地多。)

4. motivate v.t.

刺激 (ci4 ji1)

例: The coach spent the last few minutes before the game motivating his players.

(教練在開賽前幾分鐘激勵隊員的士氣。)


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