Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii Youth Council aims to collect 21,000 slippers

KANEOHE, Hawaii (KHON2) — The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii Youth Council is raising awareness of the impacts of smoking with a collection of slippers at Windward Mall.

The goal is to collect 21,000 pairs of new slippers from the community. Each pair of slippers represents a child who could die if they use tobacco and vaping products.

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They set up a slipper exhibit at the Windward Mall on Sunday, January 9.

The purpose of the poster is to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and to let lawmakers know that they want vaping products to be regulated like any other tobacco product.

The organization says deaths can be minimized by making products such as flavored tobacco less accessible to children.

“We encourage people to come to the Windward Mall and donate their own slippers with a little talking piece of paper, perhaps with the name of someone close to you or friends who have been affected by smoking and epidemic,” said Zoey Duan, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Youth Council in Hawaii.

The display at the Windward Mall is now in place until January 30.

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After that, the slippers will be donated to the homeless and other at-risk youth.