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Poster relating to smoking, London, England, c. 1965-1970

By the late 1960s the link between smoking and diseases such as cancer and bronchitis was clearly established. Cartoonist Reginald Mount drew this anti-smoking poster for a Ministry of Health campaign. This is the government body responsible for public health education. The figure holding the cigarette is coughing heavily to illustrate the daily damage smokers did to their lungs. Mount produced distinctive cartoons on public health matters from road safety to STIs (sexually transmitted infections), then known as venereal diseases.

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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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Glossary: anti-smoking

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