San Luis Obispo County Tobacco Control Program Expands to Target Tobacco Litter


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – In honor of Earth Day, the SLO County Tobacco Control Program (TCP) announced its new collaboration with the Central Coast Clean campaign to fight the harms of litter of tobacco.

TCP said the new collaboration will target litter, litter and tobacco litter harm in SLO County, and aims to reduce the amount of litter that ends up in Central Coast waterways.

Campaign organizers said a recent report by the Ocean Conservancy showed that in 2020, 22.6% of items collected during California’s trash cleanup were cigarette butts.

Central Coast Clean said that with the support of TCP, the campaign will increase social media messaging on the issue of toxic tobacco waste and encourage the cessation of tobacco product use.

The new partnership will also place new tobacco waste receptacles in public places in the towns of Grover Beach and Morro Bay in an effort to help reduce tobacco waste, according to TCP.

Grover Beach City Manager Matthew Bronson said: “The City of Grover Beach is committed to capturing the trash and litter that pollutes our local waterways and oceans. Tobacco waste must be treated as toxic waste because it releases chemicals into the ground and contaminates water if not disposed of properly.”

TCP said the tobacco waste receptacle messaging is intended to encourage smokers to properly dispose of tobacco waste and provide a QR link to free smoking cessation services through Kick It California.

“Nobody likes cigarette butts on our beaches, on our streets, or in our waterways,” said Amy Gilman of the Tobacco Control Program. “This campaign helps keep harmful waste out of our water and is a natural complement to our work supporting people who want to quit smoking.”

To learn more, click here to visit the San Luis Obispo County Tobacco Control Program website.


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