The History and Future of Smoking

Tom Wesselmann’s ‘Smoker #17’

Part One — How Smoking became a burning sensation

Figure 1: Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. What impact did references to tobacco in popular culture have on smoking rates?
Figure 2: Mel Ramos’s Tobacco Rose, which, according to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, ‘conjures a pinup girl from the colorful world of commercial advertising. Mel Ramos riffed on the common tactic of using overt sexuality to sell products. The model radiates confidence as she straddles an oversized pack of cigarettes and casts a seductive gaze as the viewer. As the title suggests, the alluring woman and the tobacco she’s marketing are fused into a single product, precisely contrived to seduce the onlooker.’
Figure 3: Duane Hanson’s ‘Supermarket Shopper’

Part Two — A new frontier: Why Vaping is the Solution to ending Tobacco use

Figure 4: JUUL has created an attractive and ‘cool’ alternative to smoking, but what are the implications on public health and ending nicotine addiction?
Philip Morris International claims to be committed to delivering a ‘smoke-free’ future with its new IQOS line, but how true can this really be whilst the company continues to sell Billions of pounds worth of cigarettes each year?
Tom Wesselmann’s ‘Smoker’

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