Five Best Anti-Smoking Poster Designs

June 20, 2010

For decades anti-smoking posters have served as a reminder of the potentially devastating effects of tobacco use and the availability of support mechanisms to help smokers quit for good. Hundreds and even thousands of these posters have employed tactics ranging from logic, science and common sense to humor, horror and shocking visuals to make their points. The following represent five of the best anti-smoking poster designs we've seen throughout the years.

“Hooked” is a remarkably effective series of anti-smoking posters that depict men and women being physically hooked to cigarettes like fish at the end of a hungry angler's line. This “Don't Be a Butthead” poster was part of a late 1990s campaign launched by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It employs humor mixed with poignancy and a dash of irony to make a point – you're a butthead if you smoke. A testament to modern graphic design talents, this poster depicts a skull in the ashes of a burning cigarette. The design is cool yet unsettling. Remember Joe Camel? This poster shows how cool he is now, lamenting over his life decisions as he stares hopelessly at his shades in his hospital bed. Your life leaves your body with each puff of smoke you exhale, as demonstrated by this anti-smoking poster distributed by Health Professionals Against Tobacco. The face in the smoke cloud is a Photoshop marvel, though often duplicated by many graphic designers.

Brian's picture

About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

i think that all people should quit smoking and they should band cigerattes from the U.S.A either that or bring the prices up so people can see how much money they are wasting.

Brian's picture
Brian January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Interesting thoughts, but those in favor of personal freedoms and the free market might not agree with your sentiments. Still, there's no doubt that smoking is a health hazard!

Leave a Reply

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

What is the PsPrint Blog??

The PsPrint Blog is a resource for graphic designers, freelancers, small business owners and fans of print marketing. You'll find helpful techniques on printing everything there is to print, including business cards, postcards, brochures, stickers, invitations, greeting cards, door hangers, magnets and more. The PsPrint Blog shares creative ways to improve your design and layout skills, and useful tips for marketing your business in any medium. We also like to have a little fun, sharing design inspiration and spotlighting some our favorite customers' printed pieces in our "Hot Off the Press" series.