Can Smoking Kill Cats? Anti-Smoking Ad Uses Cats To Convince You To Quit Smoking (Watch)

Updated: February 19, 2016
Can Smoking Kill Cats? Anti-Smoking Ad Uses Cats To Convince You To Quit Smoking (Watch)

Can smoking kill cats? A new ad released by an anti-smoking group warns internet users and viral video lovers that cats exposed to second-hand smoke are twice as likely to get cancer as those whose owners do not smoke.

If this were a drunk driving commercial, the depressing element would be at the forefront, and we’d get a small bio about a specific feline that died of lung cancer due to its owner’s nicotine addiction. But over at The Truth, they’re throwing all caution and overtly maudlin decisions out of the window by going after the inexplicable popularity of cat videos on YouTube. For some people, that’s probably akin to spitting on their mother.

Using a bass-bumping track from Party Favor and the hyperbolic hashtag #Catmageddon, the ad is essentially one second’s worth of information about the probability of a cats getting cancer in a smoker’s home. Plus a whole bunch of funny cats! That one cat is like a pirate! That one is playing a piano! That one is kicking a sheet over an ashtray as if he’s seen this commercial already! It’s like magic!

As gaudy and manufactured as this commercial, and most other The Truth commercials, is from beginning to end, there’s definitely nothing erroneous about angling a fear tactic at one’s pet, since some people will treat their animals better than children. Of course, those owners probably aren’t the kind of people who go off hot-boxing a car with the pet inside, but the spot’s viral-ability will likely give it a wide audience, where it can reach the true monsters out there.

It’s strange to be living in a world where cigarettes on TV shows have largely been eradicated, but smoking weed is fine (or at least no longer as stigmatized). Is it odd that I long for a day when a Truth commercial is followed by a pot ad?

As a post-script here, I am admittedly the opposite of the intended audience for this ad. I don’t smoke, and I hate cats. So what this commercial is doing is giving me an evil genius plan that would not only eventually “take care” of one of my least favorite living creatures, but it would also kill me faster, so that I wouldn’t have to be in a world with cats anymore. Flawless. But seriously, keep your pets safe, since they’ll love you when no one else will.

Now someone reach out to Mountain Dew and tell them it would be a terrible idea to make a PuppyMonkeyCancerSurvivorCat ad for next year’s Super Bowl.