Anti-Smoking Campaigns: Scary, Clever and Sometimes Cruel

Stop smoking advertising campaignsI don’t want to introduce this post by saying why smoking is bad. I was a smoker in the past. I quit only because I wanted to have a baby and I believed me smoking was harmful for my child. But I am still annoyed when people start educating me why smoking is bad.

I think that’s every person’s business and choice. So what I was looking at in the following anti-smoking campaigns is not the educative value (I personally doubt smokers aren’t aware of the risk already) but creativity and original idea (the way it was implemented).

Street campaigns:

Stop Smoking Bus Advertisement: “Ready to quit?

Stop Smoking Bus Advertisement

Smoke Is Poison Advertisement: 12 meter long chemical tanker that looks like a giant cigarette was used by Cancer Research UK to highlight the toxic smoke in cigarettes (via

Smoke is Poison

Bus stop anti-smoking campaign:

Anti-smoking street campaign

Anti-smoking street campaign

“What we see when you smoke”

Anti-smoking street campaign

Anti smoking street campaign

This one from the Cancer Patient Aid Association was put on the roofs of outdoor smoking areas (via

Anti-smoking ad campaign

Anti-smoking promotion for ‘World No Tobacco Day’ found at coffee shops in Dubai, where people come to smoke (via

Anti smoking street campaign

Stop smoking street campaign

Fight Smoking“: an ad campaign throughout the gyms:

Stop smoking: gyms

Anti-smoking campaign as a stylish piece:

This anti-smoking hat looks both stylish and scary (via

Anti-smoking hat

Print negative advertisements:

For more information on lung cancer, keep smoking

Stop smoking print campaign

Before it’s too late

Before it's too late

Wyoming Department of Health: “Don’t secondsmoke the messenger

Anti-smoking ad campaign

Second hand smoke in the home hospitalises 17,000 UK children a year” (the campaign for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, the UK medical research charity dedicated to dedicated to defeating lung cancer):

Second hand smoking

Second hand smoking

Second hand smoking

Another campaign for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation: Deathbed:


“Smoking causes premature ageing”

Anti-smoking print advertisements

“There is an easier way of committing suicide: try smoking”

Anti-smoking print advertisements

“It’s called suicide because it’s your choice. Give up smoking: 0 8008 700 700”

Stop smoking: suicide

“Non-smoking area”

Anti-smoking print advertisements

A similar concept (via

Do not smoke

Post image by darcy.gill


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