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'Please do not spit', Anti-spitting poster, London, England, 1969-1987

Spitting can spread disease where bacteria is present in spittle and phlegm. Tuberculosis is a particularly feared example of such infections. This poster has the message “Do Not Spit” printed in different languages, including English, Russian, Arabic, French, German, and Spanish. However, it does not give any reasons why people should not spit. The poster would probably have been displayed in public places.

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Glossary: poster

Notice, usually printed on paper, intended to be posted to advertise, promote, or publicise an activity, cause, product, or service; also, decorative, mass-produced prints intended for hanging.

Glossary: tuberculosis

An infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium first identified by Robert Koch in 1882. The disease usually affects the lungs first, and is accompanied by a chronic cough.

Glossary: bacteria

Micro-organisms which can cause disease but have an important role in global ecology.

Glossary: phlegm

Mucus produced by the respiratory system, and expelled by coughing. Healthy phlegm is normally clear and white.