Merry X-Ray and a Happy New Lung
When Santa Sold Cigarettes
The season of giving was not immune to the pervasive reach of the tobacco companies. Enlisting Santa as a spokesman the tobacco companies offered promotions, cards, special packaging, and their mascots adorned as the jolly old elf for decades. This exhibition, Merry X-Ray and a Happy New Lung: When Santa Sold Cigarettes, highlights this nefarious past connection between St. Nick and Big Tobacco.
December 2001 through January 2002, University of Alabama, Nott Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL
Blum A. Merry X-Ray and a Happy New Lung: When Santa Sold Cigarettes. Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. https://csts.ua.edu/exhibitions/2001-santa/. Published March 22, 2017.
Dr. Alan Blum, MD
Professor and Gerald Leon Wallace, MD, Endowed Chair in Family Medicine
College of Community Health Sciences
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487