For May 31, or World No Tobacco Day, volunteers gathered in Arroyo Grande for a cigarette butt clean-up, hoping to promote health, protect the environment, and increase awareness of local resources for those looking to quit smoking.
According to the California Department of Public Health, there are an estimated 40,000 Californians who die annually from smoking or due to secondhand smoke exposure. Cigarette butts have also been found to be the leading item that is littered on California beaches and roadways.
With the increased use of e-cigarettes among youth, this event also hoped to educate the public about the harms and risks associated with tobacco.
This event is only an example of a year-round plan to help San Luis Obispo County residents quit smoking and to prevent young people from starting.
The Tobacco Control Program offers a variety of support and resources including free Quit Smoking classes (including special classes for teens), group support, nicotine replacement and more for residents throughout the year.
To learn more about these resources, visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/tcp or call 805-781-4945.