Why tobacco litter is a real issue to communities
During the months of January and February 2018, as part of a collaborative effort between La Clinica de La Raza, Inc. and Alameda County’s Tobacco Control Program, Peer Health Educators (PHE) conducted tobacco litter audits around the Fruitvale and the Lake Merritt neighborhoods in Oakland.
The core reasons why tobacco litter is a problem is because it is toxic to the environment. Cigarette butts are toxic to the environment because when they are littered, the toxic chemicals found in cigarette butts are released into the environment.
Tobacco litter is also non-biodegradable, it pollutes our aquatic ecosystems and is poisonous if ingested by children or pets.
That’s why youth leaders from La Clinica de La Raza were motivated to take action against tobacco litter in their community.
La Clinica de la Raza Community Health Education Supervisor
Letter: Why tobacco litter is a real problem in communities