On July 13, sixteen Santa Paula High School students and two teachers collected a total 6,546 cigarette butts in high traffic locations throughout downtown Santa Paula. In a collaborative effort between Ventura County Public Health, Santa Paula High School and Friday Night Live, the students participated in the opportunity as part of their summer school course work.
In about 90 minutes, a total of 5,072 cigarette butts were collected at Veterans Memorial Park, with an additional 1,474 cigarette butts collected on both sides of Main Street, between 7th and 10th Streets.
The collection was conducted as part of a data collection activity to gauge the need for an enhanced smoking policies in the city of Santa Paula.
Many of the students and teachers expressed both shock and disappointment in just how many cigarette butts were collected. Cigarette butt litter is considered toxic waste and is a hazard to the health of people, pets, wildlife, and the environment.