These 10 paintings & photos capture some of the psychological, social and historical dimensions of the global smoking and secondhand smoke problems. We identified over 300 images with smoking in the "Art Project" collections (as of early 2014).
This painting shows the movie star Frances Farmer. Smoking in the movies is likely to be a contributing factor in smoking promotion and acceptability.
This somewhat dismal image of smoking on the toilet raises the issue of smoking and mental health (e.g., there is evidence around depression and poorer quitting success).
Some tobacco control campaigns have specifically targeted such "social sharing" of cigarettes (especially to prevent youth smoking).
This is a relatively early portrayal of cigarette smoking by a woman. It also shows the context of indoor smoking in a café and the association of smoking with alcohol.
This is an early example of cigarette advertising and one of the earliest to include a woman. The link between smoking and sensuality/sexuality is also a feature of this poster.
This is the last artwork we could identify which shows a US president smoking. This pattern is likely to reflect the denormalisation of smoking amongst high status people in recent decades.
This painting shows three men smoking and “blatantly flouting the no smoking sign at the back of the bus”. Since this time, many countries have successfully made all such public transport smokefree.
Dutch genre painting in the 1600s typically portrayed smoking as part of a range of immoral behaviours. Trade with North America was a factor in high tobacco use by Holland in this period.
This artwork details the nuisance impacts from secondhand smoke, in this case eye irritation. Since this time the focus of concern has shifted more to the health hazard from secondhand tobacco smoke.
This artwork reflects one of the problems of colonization - tobacco use. Many indigenous populations currently have relatively high smoking rates and this is a major driver of health inequalities.
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