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'No wonder smokers cough', anti-smoking poster, United Kingdom, 1988

Accompanying the line, “No wonder smokers cough” is an iconic image. Tar being poured onto a petri-dish was a well-known image from government-funded anti-smoking campaigns in the UK in the 1970s. The image showed how much tar is built up in an average smoker’s lungs. It proved so effective it was still used a decade later. Links between smoking and health problems such as lung cancer only began being made with certainty in the 1950s. They came through the research of Richard Doll and Austin Bradford Hill. However, their views took time to become accepted. The poster was part of a campaign developed by the Health Education Authority in England.

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Glossary: smoking

A practice where a substance, most commonly tobacco is burned and the smoke inhaled. It is currently practiced by over one billion people worldwide (2008)

Glossary: poster

Notice, usually printed on paper, intended to be posted to advertise, promote, or publicise an activity, cause, product, or service; also, decorative, mass-produced prints intended for hanging.

Glossary: anti-smoking

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