Big Tobacco in the Big Apple

How New York City Became the Heart of the Tobacco Industry
…and Anti Smoking Activism

William G. Cahan, MD

A Tireless Fighter Against Smoking (1:07 / 0:32)


– William Cahan & Individual Advocacy Within Institutions


Drs. William Cahan, Alan Blum, and C. Everett Koop

Photograph, Smoke-Free America Awards reception, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

“People for a smoke-free indoors”

Propaganda button
Circa 1985

“Celebrating the Life of A Courageous American”

Newspaper advertisement honoring Dr. William Cahan
October 2001

William G. Cahan, 87, Surgeon and Tobacco Foe, Dies

The New York Times
October 9, 2001

“The Tisch Hospital Letters”

Correspondence between William Cahan, MD, and New York University (NYU) President John Brademas on the ethics of naming an NYU hospital after the head of a cigarette company
7 Days, page 9
July 12, 1989


Mirabella, women’s magazine that stopped accepting cigarette advertising
April 1990

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