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  • Children have made for great fodder for cartoonists, the juxtaposition of innocence with the destructive sickening effects of cigarettes make for jarring images. Combine the troupes of the tobacco industry being an unfeeling, unscrupulous criminal gang of career corruptors and children and teenagers’ natural inclinations for rebellion and misbehavior make children and tobacco a rich subject for irony and satire for the most provocative pens.
  • While regulations in the U.S. and the rest of the developed world restrict and deter smoking among youth, tobacco use among young people in the developing world is still common.
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Stayskal Cartoon How to Stop Teens 1

Wayne Stayskal
Tampa Tribune

Stayskal Cartoon Baby With Green Skin 1

Wayne Stayskal
Chicago Tribune, page 2
March 4, 1981

Rogers Cartoon Washington Duke 1

V. Cullum Rogers
Independent Weekly (Durham, North Carolina)
February 2000

“I drew this cartoon in February 2000 when Duke University in Durham was cracking down on student drinking. The seated figure is American Tobacco Company founder Washington Duke, whose son James B. Duke endowed the University. The elder Duke’s likeness sits in that very pose on campus, though the real statue’s chair is not made of cigarette packs.”

~ V. Cullum Rogers

Menees Cartoon Mr. RJRs Neighborhood 1

Tim Menees
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 5, 1998

“I started smoking cigarettes in 1956, when I was playing Little League. I quit in 1971 as an anniversary present to my wife. Cold turkey. No patch, no gum, no nothin’. Big Tobacco’s landed in well-publicized and much deserved trouble several years later so what remains troubling is why more smokers can’t quit—and why kids start. Don’t they see the retirees in the supermarket, their noses tethered to oxygen canisters? But then kids, besides being blind, are bullet proof. OK, full disclosure: I still puff on an occasional cigar—but so did George Burns, and he hit 100.”
~ Tim Menees

Asay Cartoon Teen Smoking 1

Chuck Asay
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
June 1, 1997

“It occurred to me that tobacco sponsors sporting events, which is like ‘Girls Gone Wild’ being used to advertise Church events. Both tobacco and porn are unhealthy…but legal in this country. So far the porn industry is not trying to sell its products on billboards near schools… except maybe in Las Vegas.”

~ Chuck Asay

Stayskal Cartoon Alfie Learned to Use a Straw 1

Wayne Stayskal
Tampa Tribune

2004 Britt Cartoon Terrorist Accomplice 1

Chris Britt
The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois)
January 13, 2004

Branch Cartoon Whos the Tobacco Co. Exec 1

John Branch
San Antonio Express-News
January 25, 1998

“My father died of lung cancer in 1977. I will never forget the sound of him laboring for every breath; I could hear it from the hallway as I approached his hospital room. I hear it every time I draw a tobacco-related cartoon.”

~ John Branch

Sargent Cartoon Smoke Binkies 1

Ben Sargent
Austin American-Statesman

“The vast worldwide organizations that supply other addictive substances must be envious of the global clout, reach and marketing flexibility the cigarette narcotraficantes enjoy. If your adult market starts drying up, you can go after kids; if that starts drying up, you start selling ’em overseas. It’s the best racket yet.”

~ Ben Sargent

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