cats ruling humansALONGSIDE diets, giving up smoking is one of the most popular new year resolutions.

And now there is even more reason to stub it out, with research warning just how bad smoking is for your pets’ health too.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow found that pets living in smoking households may be at greater risk of cell damage, some cancers and weight gain.

Cats specifically are most at risk from smoke exposure, possibly due to their self-grooming regime causing them to ingest more tobacco toxins.

Professor Knottenbelt said: “While you can reduce the amount of smoke your pet is exposed to by smoking outdoors, stopping smoking completely is the best option for your pet’s future health and well-being.”

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