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An Exhibit's Toon-ful Take on Tobacco

The Baltimore Sun (July 20, 2000), Kevin Kallaugher. Click to see full version, and scroll down to see more cartoons from the exhibit. hide caption

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The Baltimore Sun (July 20, 2000), Kevin Kallaugher.

The national debate over smoking and the tobacco industry has played out, among other places, on the editorial page. A variety of cartoons on the subject, published in newspapers and magazines since the 1964 surgeon general's report linking cigarettes with lung cancer and other diseases, are on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Much of the material in "Cartoonists Take Up Smoking" comes from the University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, headed by Dr. Alan Blum. Several smoking-related artifacts, including early cigarette advertisements and paraphernalia, accompany the 55 original cartoons on display.

One of the featured artists at the exhibit, Kevin Kallaugher (better known as KAL to his readers), talks about the show. Kallaugher was The Baltimore Sun's editorial cartoonist for 28 years and his work now appears in The Economist.

"Cartoonists Take Up Smoking" runs through September. Scroll down to see a selection of works that will be included.

Christian Science Monitor, Clay Bennett hide caption

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Christian Science Monitor, Clay Bennett

Omaha World-Herald (1990), Jeff Koterba hide caption

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Omaha World-Herald (1990), Jeff Koterba

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (1995), David Horsey hide caption

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer (1995), David Horsey

The Indianapolis Star (2000), Gary Varvel hide caption

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The Indianapolis Star (2000), Gary Varvel

Houston Post (1990), Jimmy Margulies hide caption

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Houston Post (1990), Jimmy Margulies

Belleville News-Democrat, Glenn McCoy hide caption

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Belleville News-Democrat, Glenn McCoy