Testing Takes a Cruel Turn

Molly Curls – Staff Writer

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The fact that tobacco products are harmful to individuals’ health is not news to anyone. It is common knowledge, and fairly warned, that products such as cigarettes can cause detrimental damage to lungs, skin, teeth, and everyone’s overall well-being. What is shocking, though, is the fact that these human-used products are being inhumanely tested on innocent animals

According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), tobacco companies are using animals to test out their lethal products. Animals such as mice and rats are included in various methods of testing; spreading cigarette tar on the bare skin of the animal’s flesh, then killing the remaining test subjects that survived and concluding the tests by dissecting them are some of the controversial methods used.

If this is not repulsive enough, the maker of Newport cigarettes, Lorillard Tobacco, subjected thousands of rats and mice to forcefully breathe in cigarette smoke for several hours a day, everyday. What is upsetting about these barbaric testing reports is that these animals’ anatomy and body reactions are completely unrelated to those of a human being that smokes cigarettes. Comparing real-life smokers to rats in a laboratory is simply illogical and unrealistic to discover any substantial information that could benefit any one of the parties involved.

Not one of the tobacco companies in the United States are required to conduct animal testing. In fact, in several countries, including the United Kingdom and Germany, these activities are strictly prohibited. If this is upsetting to the public, the most obvious action to take is to quit buying the products they are selling- cigarettes being the most commonly used. On top of this, anyone can write to the FDA to inquire that they seize the primitive use of animals for tobacco testing. A change is possible. To write to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the information is as follows:

Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee
Center for Tobacco Products
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20993

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