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    The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

  • Cartoonists Take Up Smoking

    Retracing the battles over smoking as seen through the eyes of the nation’s editorial cartoonists

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  • Covering Cancer?

    How magazines have promoted cancer research…and cigarettes

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  • Of Mice & Menthol

    A history of the targeting of African Americans by the tobacco industry

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  • Big Tobacco in the Big Apple

    How New York City became the heart of the tobacco industry…and anti-smoking activism  

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  • The unfiltered truth about smoking

    When the American Medical Association was in cahoots with the tobacco industry

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Founded in 1999, the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society holds the largest collection of original documents, artifacts, ephemera, photographs, and news coverage of anti-smoking activism, cigarette marketing, and the tobacco industry in the United States from the 19th century to the present. Through online exhibitions, oral histories, and presentations, this vast and ironic resource explores historical and contemporary aspects of tobacco problems from all angles–including the many decades of fear and foot-dragging by public health officials, organized medicine, schools of medicine and public health, the mass media, the business community, and political leaders at the local, state, and federal levels in countering the use and promotion of cigarettes long after the health community knew of the deadly toll taken by smoking.

Warning: This website will be hazardous to your preconceptions.

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