About the Exhibition
Welcome to the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society and the exhibition, “Big Tobacco in the Big Apple: How New York City Became the Heart of the Tobacco Industry…and Anti-Smoking Activism.” There is too much to view and listen to in a single visit, so you are encouraged to explore the material over several viewings. To view an item in the exhibition please click it, you may also click the left or right arrows on screen to browse other items in the section, click anywhere around the item or the X icon to exit. When you click on the audio introduction in a section of the exhibition, there will be a delay of a few seconds, and you may need to click twice. Please refer to the illustrated exhibition key and the list of section headings for guidance.
All of the items in this exhibition come from the collections of the University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society (CSTS). A few sections, notably “Billboards,” “On the Sidewalks of New York,” and “In Transit,” are based on Dr. Alan Blum’s presentation on the history of cigarette advertising in New York City in May 2002 at the NYC Health Commissioner’s First Roundtable on Smoking. The section on “Anti-Tobacco Efforts” is based on Dr. Blum’s presentation, “Taking on Big Tobacco in the Big Apple,” at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.