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Unless You Know What to Look for, the Signs of Sniffing Inhalants Are Almost Invisible
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This poster is part of a series in a very different kind of public health campaign inspired by toxic chemicals. Created by the Texas Prevention Partnership (TPP), which was founded in 1990 by the Entertainment Industries Council and Harvey Weiss, the posters address the alarming trend of "huffing"--the inhaling of CFCs, Freon, household cleaning products, and other toxic chemicals for a quick high. At the time, inhalant abuse was gaining popularity at a staggering rate in the state of Texas and surrounding areas. Following a massive campaign that included the distribution of bilingual posters and radio and television public service announcements, Texas saw an immediate decline in the number of deaths from inhalant abuse, and between 1990 and 1994 there was a reduction of more than 32 percent in elementary school inhalant use and a reduction of about 20 percent at the high school level. This work inspired TPP to found and lead the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition.
The title message in this poster, covering the eyes of the model, informs parents, "Unless you know what to look for, the signs of sniffing inhalants are almost invisible." The blackened strip over the eyes in the photograph symbolizes how parents might be blind to the problem. The picture's caption identifies signs and symptoms of inhaling chemical fumes, reminding parents that one of four kids has abused them by seventh grade. The viewer is advised to "face this problem with both eyes open."
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Texas Prevention Partnership
Original Repository: The History of Medicine Division. Prints and Photographs Collection.
This image may also be accessed from the Images from the History of Medicine (IHM).
IHM Order Number: C00185
Texas Prevention Partnership
Reproduced with permission of the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Inhalation Exposure
Public Health
Visual Culture and Public Health Keywords:
Chemical Exposure
Exhibit Category:
Environmental Health
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