Chantix’s Slow Turkey Commercial

“Cold turkey” is a weird phrase…have you ever wondered where it originates from? Here’s a possible answer. Anyway, in its new ad, Chantix introduces a leisurely turkey. Since it’s hard to quit smoking cold turkey, Chantix calls it “slow turkey.” And that slow turkey seems to be having a good time. He’s lounging in the pool, reading (History of Flight of course), mowing the lawn, and filling a bird feeder. And he’s slowly quitting smoking! Is Chantix tired of Ray Liotta?


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80 Responses to Chantix’s Slow Turkey Commercial

  1. Turkey commercial was ingenious and if commercials got emmies, this one should get every one. Creative, funny, cute and very enjoyable. Bravo! I hate commercials but this one makes me smile and laugh. I LOVE this turkey

    • Marv Southcott says:

      I 100% agree. It’s refreshing to see such a strong message placed so effectively in an entertaining context. Kudos to the ‘Mad Man’.

    • Nancy says:

      I love the cold Turkey commercials. Quit smoking 6 months ago using chantix but just saw the second commercial. Its even better than the first, so well done and funny.

    • Kathryn Kleps says:

      Love your commercial with the wild turkey I know nothing about technology, but a big shout goes out to the people who make things like this happen. Great job!!

      • Una Catania says:

        The animation is phenomenal. I’d love to know how it’s done, but not knowing makes it so magical!

    • John Sellner says:

      These turkey commercials are outstanding. They are so to the point and comical and real i

    • Una Catania says:

      I love this turkey, too! These new Chantix commercials are the most clever and imaginative ads that I’ve seen. They make this turkey look so human and real.

    • Jean Dusenberry says:

      Actually, there are awards for the best commercials. I think they are the Clios. And I agree. The slow turkey commercials are terrific. I hope they never stop!!

      • Sue Mason says:

        The slow Turkey commercial is one of the best commercials I have seen in a long time. I do not smoke but love the slow Turkey. My othe favorite are the Clydedales for Budweiser.

    • Patricia Atkinson says:

      I love the turkey commercials it is ingenious of how they did this

    • Chris Schley says:

      This Turkey is So Cute!!! I look forward to seeing them! Love the Turkey, so Life Like. Complements to the people who put this together.

    • arlene crane says:

      The Chantix Turkey commercials deserves a award!!! I Look forward to seeing each new one. My mother is 94 years old and after watching the commercial she said, “How did they train that turkey to act like that?” and she was serious! I still laugh when I think about that her comment! To who ever created it, “THANK YOU”. We love this turkey! Great advertising.

  2. Mary says:

    Me too, they should come out with a slow turkey emotional support stuffed animal.

  3. bill Clamp says:

    Fry the Turkey! Bring Billy back. Best one yet!!

  4. Chris Alfano says:

    I Absolutely love it ! ! ! The only Commercial I stop everything just to watch.
    And I have NEVER smoked. Just love that

  5. Martha Blevins says:

    I am so glad to see that others enjoy the commercial. I just love it and it makes me smile. The art is so creative – all the colors – and his eyes. Ad is definitely NOT a turkey!

  6. Kris murphy says:

    Although I quit smoking when it was .55/pack, I love that Chantix turkey..are you going to market a stuffed chantrix turkey? I want one!

  7. Cynthia Gross says:

    I have never smoked. This commercial has to be one of the best I’ve seen. Clever and gets the point across. This one deserves top marks. Wish other companies would follow your lead. I want one of your turkeys. Cynthia

  8. Me says:

    I am compelled to watch the commercial to watch the turkey slowly going about his life. I have never smoked. The phrase “slow turkey” is ingenious; the turkey is realistic and attractive with his Mona Lisa smile, the activities are fun–filling a bird seed feeder!! Dipping a toe in the swimming pool to test the water!

  9. Mary-Ann Siegel says:

    This is the very best original commercial ever!!! If I smoked this Turkey would convince me to take Chantix and stop. Wonder how you did it??

  10. Dona Cucich says:

    Love this ad!

  11. Amy says:

    The turkey should get an agent and do movies.

  12. Amy says:

    That was not meant as sarcasm. Love when she pecked seed from the feeder before hanging it up.

  13. Murial T Henry says:

    My sister HATES your commercial. She is scared of birds.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 When it comes on, she covers her eyes or turns the channel. She asked, “Why they put those turkeys on the commercial? And where did that lizard come from?!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I’m almost on the floor, and I ferl terrible because she is in tears.

    Look, the Turkey and Lizard has to go. My sister is terrified!!!😱😱😱😫😫😫😭😭😭😭😭…🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  14. Julie says:

    I also stop everything to watch the adorable Turkey. If you made a doll, especially one that could walk, I’d buy it!

  15. Henri L. Litynski says:

    I’m not a smoker, so I will never use Chantix. I was very impressed, however, with your new “slow turkey” ad. It is sheer genius! Every detail, every expression, has been meticulously thought out. Really good commercials are few and far between, but this one hits the jackpot. KUDOS!

  16. Jan says:

    Totally agree, best commercial on TV! I love the noise cancelling headphones! Cute!!

  17. Jacki says:

    These are the absolute cutest, original commercials I have ever seen. Love them. The person that came up with these commercials is so creative and that Turkey is adorable!! I think he should have more adventures as he tries to quit smoking. I do not smoke but my husband does and I am working on him to try Chantix. Love that turkey❣❣❣

  18. Nancy says:

    I love these commercials. Just saw the new one. I quit smoking with chantix but would smoke again given the chance. These commercials have helped me not to go back. They’re wonderful, I love them.



  20. Jane Plante says:

    Well who knew that a no smoking prescription could bring out the very best in creativity advertising!..

    As in a great short subject movie this ad should have credits listed at the end of it!!Kudos to the board room that approved it …and a huge pat on the back to the most ingenious turkey creator ever!!

  21. vicki miller says:

    I absolutely love the camping cold turkey. Something about animals in human clothing is very catchy. Right down to the shoes and
    socks. Well done.

  22. Ellen says:

    Love that Turkey. Did you notice his little hiking boots and socks on those skinny legs? And how he samples the seed from the bird feeder? His expressive eyes are priceless and he makes me smile whenever I see the ad. So clever and endearing. Let’s see him in more activities.

  23. Jerry Hoffman says:

    Greatest commercial ever.

  24. Susan Caballero says:

    Fantastic commercials! So funny and entertaining. My favorite is the turkey wearing headphones while leaf blowing 😀

  25. Randy says:

    And the Oscar for Best Commercial goes to……. CHANTIX!!

  26. Manning Rubin says:

    does anyone know who the production company is that mede the commercial?

  27. J Bradley says:

    In the commercial the bird is fixing soup,the corn is blue instead of yellow it’s looks like he’s eating a lot of chaotic!!!

  28. Tammy says:

    It doesn’t make sense that the turkey has the pills in his “hand” and then puts them into the soup pot and then later uses a spoon to taste it and has one on the spoon. Can you cook with Chantix?

  29. Joyce ellison says:

    I saw that too…..finally had to goggle it. If you watch closely there is a pill on the spoon when he takes a sip from spoon.

  30. Jim Speer says:

    A wonderful ad that actually instills a connection with the product! Fancy that. The detail and flow of the birds wings and breast feathers are amazing, the physics of which would be near impossible unless the computers were assisted by someone in a turkey-feather costume. Am I right?

  31. Coleen A Lunsford says:

    i agree with all the positive comments here. love the turkey! great idea! great commercial!

  32. Melissa says:

    I love the new commercials with the Turkey. U am not a sm9ker, but using the Turkey gets my attention. Keep using the Turkey character. If I watch it, imagine how many more people who will pay attention. Thanks

  33. Nancy says:

    I enjoy the slow turkey commercials – the one by the pool and camping are great! Thanks for an enjoyable commercial that doesn’t push an agenda and the whole family can watch

  34. Carl W. says:

    Frankly, the term ‘slow turkey’ strikes me as stupid. Nobody can agree where cold turkey came from, to start with. And then, ‘cold turkey’ vs ‘slow’ turkey makes about as much sense blue vs fourteen.

  35. Diane says:

    My elderly dad who has some memory issues just loves your turkey!! It would be so nice to have a plush version – that would be awesome!!

  36. Cal Bambi says:

    I have never in my life written anybody to praise a commercial. It is so well done as it delivers an important message for everybody. If they gave out Emmys for commercials you would win for sure … Thank You.

  37. Sherry pilarczyk says:

    Could drug companies stop using animated characters or animated body parts to get ADULTS to ask about their drugs.

  38. Ed Mungle says:

    Why are the Turkey’s pupils always dilated even in bright sunshine?

  39. CJH in Lansing says:

    This “slow turkey” is the best commercial ever!!! I don’t fast forward thru this one!!!

    • John Sellner says:

      This is an outstanding commercial. Ghe gobbler quits by stepping his toe in the pool. What a great ide

  40. Judy Zvorsky says:

    I love that turkey commercial. Laugh every time it is on. Who ever created it is did a great job.

  41. Judy Zvorsky says:

    I love that turkey commercial. Laugh every time it is on. Who ever created it is did a great job.j

  42. Gail Saunders says:

    I don’t smoke, but I LOVE the adorable turkey! Such a sweet little face. Please keep making more commercials with him. Love the turkey in the little hiking boots on the trail. Also love the leaf blower & grass cutting commercial. Very clever & creative! Whoever came up with these commercials deserves an award! Please bring us more turkey commercials!.

  43. Diana Caldwell says:

    Show a factory farmed Turkey. Be realistic.

    • sue little says:

      I agree that most turkeys are tortured and killed for humans to eat. However, I have some wild turkeys near my house that I spend much time watching. They do move and look very much like the Chantix turkey. I love him and the turkeys near my house. I am horrified by factory farming and volunteer at farm animal sanctuaries. The creator of the commercial did make this turkey move and look a lot like free wild turkeys. I think they sense that I just admire them and mean no harm.

  44. Mary Jo Kubiak says:

    Love, Love, Love these commercials!!! Clever. Turkey is so life like. I will stop everything to watch these ads. The effects and details to him and in these commerclals are spectacular. (Great to see that you have given him thumbs and index fingers (hidden in his feathers) so that he can do all the things that he does. Just saw the new one on the beach and love to see that he is advancing his skills by driving himself home after a day at the beach. You all deserve awards for these over the top creative ads. Keep up the good work and keep these coming – can’t imagine a day without Turkey.

  45. Linda Shepard says:

    Best of the anti-smoking commercials I’ve seen. And I don’t even smoke! Good job!

  46. David Dixon says:

    Where is the paddle board turkey scene located? It looks like a lake somewhere

  47. Pat Soto says:

    I love all of the chantix commercials!! I look forward to more. Someone has a brilliant entertaining marketing idea. You have a landscaping, camping/fishing, surfing (complete with necessary gear) pool lounging, lemonade making Turkey that wears hiking boots, flip flops and deck shoes that Drives. Keep them coming!!

  48. Joyce Folmar says:

    I just want the people involved with that Turkey quitting smoking commercial, to know that commercial makes my day! I love it! I also felt like Ray was telling his own story, and thought it was a good quit smoking comm. I just seen the turkey in one I haven’t seen yet, and loved it. Never to busy to stop and watch it. Thank you!

  49. Carole says:

    I was almost embarrassed to say I love this commercial. I stop what I’m doing to watch. He is so cute!

  50. Marcy T. says:

    I’m still trying to figure out why each Slow Turkey commercial has a prop that’s shaped and colored to suggest a cigarette. The leaf blower, the walking stick, the oar, the paddle board. What is this subliminal messaging hoping to accomplish? Implying you can still sneak cigarette-y things into your daily activities?

  51. K Giroky says:

    My husband and I stop what we are doing and watch every slow turkey commercial when they come on. They are just the best!! Whoever your ad agency is should win an award. Every detail in the commercials are covered right down to the dice on the rear view mirror. Please make more of these commercials. They are the best commercials we have seen in years.

  52. Pat says:

    These are the best commercials.

  53. John sellner says:

    If there are awards for commercials this one should win

  54. Carol Hanika says:

    Not a smoker but I love the cold turkey and always pause to watch the ad. Best ad on tv. Not sure how you do it but the turkey is wonderful.

  55. Melanie Braithwaite says:

    I am also a never smoker. They make me physically sick. But I adore this turkey in all his iterations. Just saw the one where he goes shopping and gets on the bus. I just searched the internet to see if I could find a “slow turkey” doll or toy. I’d buy one, if I could find one. Best ad ever. My next younger sister died a couple of years ago from lung cancer, as did my Mom. This is an important issue for me.

  56. catgrrl says:

    I, too, love the adorable slow turkey, and I love the great variety of the ads. It’s nice that they change them up with the seasons. I love these commercials so much that I’m considering taking up smoking so I can quit with Chantix! These commercials should get all. the. awards.

  57. Marilyn Stone says:

    I entertained as well as informed by the Chantix Turkey. Im not a smoker or never have. It is a genius series of episodes. The ad agent is very clever and in tune with how to get viewer attention. Looking to what the turkey will be doing in 2020.

  58. Margaret says:

    Love the Chantix cold turkey ads. Please keep them coming!

    Chantix commercial.

  59. Doris Powers says:

    I love your turkey ads. They are the best. Don’t ever get rid of them

    • JOHN SELLNER says:

      This is the best commercial I’ve ever seen. So to the point and yet not overbearing! Don’t go cold turkey, use Chanticleer

      John J. Sellner


  60. John Sellner says:

    I think the creator of this commercial
    Hit a home run. I love it.

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