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A group of young people representing a variety of ethnic minorities recently unveiled a mural in the town of Lansing, Michigan, protesting against tobacco promotion. The project, which the young artists worked on for a month during a summer camp, was organised by Lorenzo Lopez, education coordinator of a local community centre, together with an ethnic minority group opposed to tobacco advertising. He is seen here with some of those who created the mural, unveiling the work as the lyrics were “rapped” by one of the team. A prime concern of the group is the disproportionate amount of tobacco promotion found in areas where ethnic minorities live, the very places, they point out, where people already suffer lower incomes, have more problems, and are more prone to turning to alcohol and tobacco as supports.

 Lorenzo Lopez and young artists unveil their mural as the lyrics are “rapped” by one of the team.