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In the mid-1990s when efforts to counteract smoking and its promotion were in the news almost every week, I realized that one of the main reasons the tobacco industry was constantly on the defensive was because it had become the butt of ridicule from the nation’s newspaper editorial cartoonists. The zealous anti-smoking movement–in which I was heavily involved–also needed a bit of lightening up.

In that pre-internet era, I made weekly visits to the Houston Public Library to scour the editorial pages of newspapers from across the country for cartoons on smoking, as well as to SuperStand, a magazine store that carried over 40 different Sunday newspapers. I managed to collect several hundred cartoons, and I corresponded with nearly every one of the then-130 editorial cartoonists in the country to ask about acquiring their original artworks. I also joined the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) as an associate member and was invited to speak at its annual convention in 2001.

As a result of the AAEC cartoonists’ support for my research, this exhibition, featuring the original drawings of over 70 editorial cartoonists, debuted three years later at the opening reception of the AAEC convention at the Ann Tower Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky (April-May 2004), before going to the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa (August-October 2004), the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences in Birmingham (September-December 2005), the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC (January 2006-March 2007), the rotunda of the Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln (April 2007, hosted by editorial cartoonist Paul Fell), Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (May 2007), the Texas Medical Center Library National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Minneapolis (October 2007), the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston (January, 2008, sponsored by the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center), and the Artworks Gallery in Seattle (April 2008, sponsored by King County Public Health Department’s Art Patch Project to enlist artists in health promotion). The Center’s Collection Manager, Lori Jacobi, MA, oversaw the complex logistics of the touring exhibition from 2004 to 2008.

The pins on this map will take you to pages dedicated to each venue that hosted “Cartoonists Take Up Smoking.”

Alan Blum, MD

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Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

Lexington, Kentucky

Alabama Museum of Natural History

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Alabama

Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences at UAB

Birmingham, Alabama

Seattle PATCH

Seattle, Washington

Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda

Lincoln, Nebraska

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo International Airport

Buffalo, New York

National Museum of Medicine and Health

Washington, DC

Texas Medical Center Library

Houston, Texas

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

Toronto, Ontario
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