Alright, so let’s get something out in the open here. I totally acknowledge that smoking is bad for your health, but we also know that moving away from animal testing is important in every industry. Lorillard Tobacco Company is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in America, and after talks with PETA, they have “issued a new policy banning all animal testing unless such tests become required by federal regulations in the future,” which is great news.

Cigarette testing has long involved the use of animals, and it’s incredibly unnecessary. The tobacco industry doesn’t have the greatest track record, but according to PETA, “the move makes Lorillard the largest tobacco company in the U.S. to have ended tests on animals and the second largest in the world, after the U.K.-based Imperial Tobacco.”

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In a statement to ABC, Dr. Neil Wilcox, Lorillard’s chief compliance officer, said, “Newer techniques, such as in-vitro testing, in which experiments are done in test tubes, and computer modeling, can be used to test for toxicity instead of testing on animals.”

We’re not exactly sure what they are studying, but we’re glad it will no longer involve the use of animals. If you would like to take action, sign PETA’s petition asking the Food and Drug Administration to ban all tobacco companies from conducting tests on animals.

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