The UC Irvine Health Education Center and the Student Taskforce Advocating Reducing Tobacco (START) hosted Smoke-Free Kiss, an event aimed both at helping smokers quit their addiction and preventing non-smokers from picking up the habit. Booths for the event were set up on Ring Mall in front of Humanities Hall on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 and activities for the event lasted from noon to 3 p.m.
Activities featured a round of questions posed by START volunteers to passers-by and a free drawing with a prize of a bouquet of flowers and a $25 gift certificate to Islands Restaurant.
According to Jasmine Blackburn, the manager of Student Development and Tobacco at the Health Education Center, presenting smoking awareness through such carefree activities is more welcoming to students than showing them a photograph of a cancerous lung.
‘I think [the activities are] more effective.