Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services participants collected 2,104 cigarette butts from the breakwater area of Kahului Harbor on November 17, in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout event on November 18.
In addition to cigarette butts, the group of 18 high school and college students filled four bags of garbage.
The American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday in November as the Great American Smokeout. The day offers smokers the opportunity to embark on a smoke-free life.
MEO Youth Services operates substance abuse prevention programs, which include smoking prevention, during school and after-school, summer and school vacations. Service-learning projects, such as collecting tobacco butts, are carried out after school and during school holidays.
For more information on MEO Youth Services programs, call (808) 249-2990 or email [email protected]