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Poster - Smoking Is Very Glamorous
  • Smoking Is Very Glamorous
    American Cancer Society
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Smoking Is Very Glamorous

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (published)

  • Date:

    1972 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    American Cancer Society (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Reproduced courtesy of the American Cancer Society

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 60, box IV

This is one of a series of posters that stressed the consequences of smoking. The sexually ambiguous image of a raddled, unhealthy face debunks the long-established associations of cigarettes with glamour and sexuality found particularly in classic Hollywood movies.

Physical description

Portrait format poster. Black and white image of head (female?) with short black hair smoking a cigarette. The face looks old, raddled, tired, sick. Beneath, the caption.

Place of Origin

United States (published)


1972 (published)


American Cancer Society (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

American Cancer Society
Distributor's identification; left of bottom margin; offset lithography

production details
right of bottom margin; offset lithography


Height: 407 mm sheet, Width: 407 mm sheet

Descriptive line

American Cancer Society Smoking is very glamourous

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Printing ink; Paper


Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Satire; Propaganda; Smoking; Health and safety; Glamour


Health; Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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