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    Jefferson County Youth Kick Butts!


    Jefferson County Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Initiative is collaborating with Wheat Ridge area PTAs and schools to conduct the 3rd annual Wheat Ridge Cigarette Butt Pick-Up on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Crown Hill and Discovery Parks.

    The Cigarette Butt Pick-Up is intended to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco on the environment and to involve young people in the movement to create healthier, tobacco-free communities and support tobacco-free living. By participating in the event, students have the opportunity to engage with their community, improve the health and safety of the environment by cleaning up their local parks and recreation areas, and learn about leadership and tobacco prevention opportunities.

    The Tobacco Prevention Initiative is actively involved in community-level activities to make a sustainable impact on tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. This event highlights the negative impact that tobacco production, use and waste have on our environment. According to a recent study, cigarette butts are the number one littered item on U.S. roadways and waterways.1 In 2009, over three million cigarettes or cigarette filters were removed internationally from beaches and inland waterways.2

    More than 100 students from local elementary, middle, and high schools will come together in an effort to clean up cigarette butts and other litter from Crown Hill and Discovery Parks. All participating youth volunteers will be provided with supplies for collecting cigarette and other litter and a “Breathe Easy” (BE tobacco-free) t-shirt. The groups will join up at Discovery Park at 11 am for closing activities and lunch. Educational booths will feature information on the impact of tobacco on our planet, as well as how tobacco companies target youth through marketing and promotional tactics and how youth can make a difference.

    Participating students will have the opportunity to get involved as peer educators and youth advocates to empower others to choose tobacco-free living and support tobacco-free environments.

    For more information, please feel free to contact the following:
    Donna Viverette, Tobacco Prevention Program Supervisor, dviveret@jeffco.us, 303-275-7555
    Nicole Swaggerty, Health Educator, nswagger@jeffco.us, 303-239-7007

    1 R.W. Beck. Final Report: Litter: A Review of Litter Studies, Attitude Surveys and Other Litter-related Literature. Keep America Beautiful, Inc., 2007
    2 Ocean Conservancy. International Coastal Cleanup 2009 Report: A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can Do About It. Washington, DC; 2009.

    Nancy Braden
    Public Health Communications
    303-239-7137
    nbraden@jeffco.us

    May 2, 2013


    Last Updated: 6-10-2013