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Help Make Nicotine Experiments on Animals Go 'Up in Smoke'

A pregnant monkey is injected with nicotine at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.

The U.S. government continues to fund shockingly cruel, outdated, and inaccurate animal experiments to test the effects of nicotine—even though studies of humans show that smoking cigarettes can cause disease in nearly every organ of the human body and even though the results of smoking and nicotine experiments on animals are inconsistent and often at odds with outcomes in human smokers.

At Yale University, experimenter Marina Picciotto has received more than $17 million in taxpayer money since 1996 for experiments in which she forcibly exposes mice and rats to nicotine by injecting it into their abdomens, placing it directly into holes cut into their skulls, or forcing them to either drink water laced with the drug or die from dehydration. One study by Picciotto and her colleagues involved administering up to 17 packs of cigarettes' worth of nicotine per day to monkeys.

Eliot Spindel of the Oregon National Primate Research Center has squandered more than $7 million in federal money since 1992 on experiments in which monkeys are impregnated and implanted with catheters that expose their unborn babies to nicotine The babies are then cut from the mothers' bodies, placed in chambers to have their lung function measured, and killed and mutilated so that their organs can be examined—all before their second day of life.

These animals need your help!

Please contact officials at the National Institutes of Health and politely ask that the agency end its decades-long policy of funding nicotine experiments on animals and instead redirect tax money to prevention, education, and human-based research.

Dear [Decision Maker],

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