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Youth Groups to Clean Up Cigarette Litter in Parks

Youth Groups to Clean Up Cigarette Litter in Parks

 

A number of local youth groups are partnering with Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, the American Lung Association and the city of Las Vegas to clean up cigarette litter in five city parks Saturday morning.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Parks that will be cleaned around playgrounds, grassy areas and picnic sections include:

  • Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive
  • Ed Fountain Park, 1400 N. Decatur Blvd.
  • Doolittle Park, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
  • Freedom Park, 850 N. Mojave Road
  • Justice Myron E. Leavitt Family Park, 2100 E. St. Louis Ave.

Cigarettes and cigarette butts are known health hazards. Discarded cigarette butts ingested by small children or animals can cause severe illness and/or death. An estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered yearly worldwide, including 176 million pounds of them annually in the United States, much of which gets deposited into water systems, according to the www.nobuttsaboutit.net website.

Prior to the cleanups, participating kids will go through a Teens Against Tobacco Use training conducted by the American Lung Association. These awareness trainings, surveys and cleanups also are in support of the Great American Smoke Out.

Participating youth groups include: the Stupak Community Center Youth Council; East Las Vegas Community Center Youth Council; Arbor View High School DECA (Distributive Education Club of America); North Las Vegas Roadrunners 4-H Club; Valley High School ROTC; Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club; and B.C. McCabe Boys & Girls Club.

For more information about this cleanup or other Keep Las Vegas Beautiful programs and activities for youth, call 229-5406.