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Along with the many musical highlights of this year's Grammy Awards, viewers were treated to a public service announcement like no other. The 30-second spot featured snippets showing Rumba-riding, piano-playing, plaintive-meowing felines in all their glory from the Internet's most LOL-worthy cat videos.
Behind the funny moments was a super-serious message from the Truth Initiative, an anti-tobacco organization: Stop smoking. Not only does double the risk of a cat getting cancer, but it threatens to put an end to cat videos forever.
Okay, so maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but secondhand smoke is a deadly killer of animals as well as non-smoking humans. Cats can get mouth cancer--and those rates skyrocket if they've been in the house for five years or longer. They're also twice as likely to get lymphoma, and die from it in less than a year.
Dogs who live with smokers get cancerous tumors in their noses, especially if their snouts are long (like collies). If they have shorter muzzles, they're more prone to lung cancer. Even birds aren't immune--they get lung cancer and pneumonia, and suffer from skin and eye irritations.
So if you smoke, think of your furry or feathered family members, as well as your two-legged ones, and stop. And if you need more prodding, watch the PSA.