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Smoking and you.

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About this work


A film showing the risks of cigarette smoking. The irritant and destructive effect of cigarette smoking on the throat and lungs is shown by diagrams and is dramatically illustrated by the breathless and distressed state of two people who have been heavy smokers. A 'smoking machine' demonstrates the amount of chemicals inhaled, including those which cause cancer; and an animated sequence shows the rise in the volume of cigarette smoking and in the number of deaths from lung cancer since 1910. Unglamorous aspects of smoking and its risk to health are contrasted with physical fitness.


UK : Ministry of Health, 1963.

Physical description

1 videocassette (VHS) (11 min.) : sound, color, PAL.
1 DVD (11 min.) : sound, color


These viewing copies were made from material preserved by BFI National Archive.
The clinician is the well-known anti-smoking campaigner, Charles Fletcher (about 4 mins in); he was engaged in research into chronic bronchitis in men at the time.

Creator/production credits

A Central Office of Information film for Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Scottish Home and Health and Education Departments. Script and direction by Derrick Knight, photographed by Michael Boultbee, edited by David Gladwell, narrated by Gerald Anderson and produced by Derrick Knight and Partners Ltd.

Copyright note

Crown copyright



  • English

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