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Poster relating to smoking, England, 1965-1969

This poster is based on the design created by pupil Doris Weston, who won a school competition. It aimed to discourage smoking as a ‘cool’ habit and was issued in 1965. This same year it became illegal to advertise cigarettes on television. The poster carries the message, ‘Why not start a new trend and be a non-smoker’. It was produced by the Central Council for Health Education, London, England. Smoking was definitively linked to ill health during the 1950s. Amongst other conditions, it can cause chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, strokes and cancers of the tongue, jaw, stomach, lung and oesophagus.

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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: public health advertising

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