MEO youth pickup butts at UH-MC

The Maui Economic Opportunity Youth program sent volunteers to pick up cigarette butts and other debris at University of Hawaii Maui College campus Nov. 21.

In less than 40 minutes, with 13 MEO youth and six adult chaperons from Malama Maui Nui and the Tobacco-Free UH-MC task force, 5,538 butts were collected.

In November 2012, 4,124 butts and in March, 5,426 butts were picked up, making the grand total from all three cleanups 15,088 butts.

The Nov. 21 cleanup was a collaborative effort to celebrate the 38th annual Great American Smoke Out. Organizers wanted to prove to UH-MC administrative staff that a tobacco-free college campus policy is needed, according to a news release.

This fall, UH Manoa announced that it will be going tobacco-free Jan. 1. It is now part of 758 colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free policy. Kapiolani Community College led the way for Hawaii with a tobacco-free campus policy that went into effect Aug. 26.

For more information visit the websites for The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii,, and Tobacco-Free Maui,