Advocacy group: Stop smoking or you'll kill these cats

Advocacy group: Stop smoking or you'll kill these 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. The Truth Initiative's ad, which ran during the Grammy Awards Monday and has been viewed more than 400,000 times on YouTube, threatens an end to popular online cat videos if smoking continues to kill pets.
"#CATmageddon uses some of the internet's most popular cats to show the impact of tobacco use on teens and pets alike," Truth Initiative CEO and President Robin Koval said in a statement.
A 2007 study by a veterinarian at Oklahoma State University found that malignant lymphoma is twice as common in cats living with smokers than those in non-smoking homes. The ad is part of the organization's "Finish It" campaign that launched in 2014 with the intent to end tobacco use for good. Read More: KPIC
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