The children couldn’t avert their eyes. The image of two sets of pig’s lungs–one pink and healthy, the other black from tobacco–was just too compelling.
And that’s the point. Students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine set up a booth at the Honolulu Festival March 13.
“We had a lot of people check our booth out,” said fourth-year medical student Brandon Au. “Hopefully we made a positive impact on all of our visitors.”
The impact is sought at demonstrations the medical students put on all over O’ahu year-round. They educate people, especially children about the health hazards of tobacco. And taking one long look at the lungs contaminated by tobacco smoke appears to have a powerful impact on the keiki.