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Gingerbread Men for a Smoke-Free UNLV
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Gingerbread Men for a Smoke-Free UNLV

Gingerbread men are usually a cheerful holiday staple, but the cookies on display at UNLV Tuesday had a grim purpose.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Evolvement project and the UNLV School of Nursing’s Tobacco Free project used thousands of gingerbread men to prove a point about smoking. The groups lined up more than 3,000 gingerbread men at Pida Plaza on UNLV campus to highlight the number of Nevadans who die every year from smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

The supporters of the display also took signatures from students in support of a tobacco-free campus. According to the health district, 82 percent of UNLV students do not smoke; however, 82 percent of students report that they were exposed to second-hand smoke while on campus. The groups organizing the event would like to have UNLV join more than 200 campuses nationwide with tobacco-free campuses. 

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