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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 MB2B, shelf SH39, box GG60IV

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
production details


Height: 407 mm sheet, Width: 407 mm sheet

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper; Printing ink


Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Satire; Smoking; Glamour; Health and Safety


Health; Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection code


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