Anti-Smoking Films

Anti-Smoking Films

These films were part of an anti-smoking campaign aimed at children, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, with the participation of Health and Welfare Canada.

  • Purple Hat
    1974|1 min

    In this animated short, a young man continues to fabricate elaborate scenarios in order to let fate decide whether he should keep smoking.

    This film is part of an anti-smoking campaign aimed at children, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, with the participation of Health and Welfare Canada.

  • Ashes of Doom
    1970|1 min

    This short film was produced for The Department of National Health and Welfare to warn against the dangers of cigarette smoking. Set against the backdrop of a typical '60s-era horror movie, a young woman is seen lighting up cigarette after cigarette. When a vampire appears at the stroke of midnight, she faints from sheer terror. But when the vampire closes in for the kill, he is hit with a nasty surprise...

  • Mouseology
    1994|8 min

    Using the comic device of trained laboratory mice, this animated short examines the insidious nature of addiction to cigarette smoking, how it can begin in young people, and how difficult it is to quit.

  • King Size
    1968|6 min

    This short animation about the perils of tobacco smoking takes us to the kingdom of King Size, a land where "no smoking" is illegal. Here, intoxication dangers and health risks linked to cigarettes are blissfully ignored, and non-smokers are unwelcome. A humorous invitation for young people not to start smoking, or if they have, to relinquish the hazardous habit.

  • The Drag
    1966|8 min

    This colourful short animation traces the insecure protagonist's path to tobacco addiction after he discovers, as a teengaer, that smoking can make him "cool". His addiction follows him well into adulthood, until the scare of lung cancer forces him to face his demons. This funny yet cautionary tale is told by the protagonist as he sits on a psychiatrist's couch, his recollections amusingly illustrated in colourful vignettes of his past. Both entertaining and visually rich, the film is a deterrent against smoking drawn in typical '60s modernist/pop-art style.

  • In the Center Ring
    1974|1 min

    In this very short animation, it is the 2 children in the center ring who prove to be the most courageous circus performers of them all. The film is part of an anti-smoking campaign produced by the NFB with the participation of Health and Welfare Canada.

  • Happy Birthday
    1974|1 min

    In this short animation, a perceptive young boy attending his uncle's birthday party notices the unfortunate results of the man’s smoking habit. The film is part of an anti-smoking campaign produced by the NFB with the participation of Health and Welfare Canada.