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MEO youth pick up 2,104 cigarette butts

Eighteen Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services intermediate and high school students picked up four bags of trash and more than 2,000 cigarette butts at the Kahului Harbor breakwater area on Nov. 17. — Photo courtesy Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services participants picked up 2,104 cigarette butts at the Kahului Harbor breakwater area on Nov. 17, in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 18.

In addition to the cigarette butts, the group of 18 high school and intermediate school students filled four bags with trash.

The American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday of November as the Great American Smokeout. The day offers an opportunity for smokers to embark on a life without smoking.

MEO Youth Services runs substance abuse prevention programs, which include tobacco prevention, during school and after-school and summer and school breaks. Service learning projects, such as the tobacco butt pickup, are conducted after school and during school breaks.

For more information about MEO Youth Services programs, call (808) 249-2990 or email dane.kaae@meoinc.org.

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