Colonels "Kick Butt" during Annual Event

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Approximately 20 faculty and staff members spent a recent lunch hour cleaning cigarette butts from campus grounds during the Colonels Kick Butt Team's annual "Butt Pick-Up” event. Participants gathered 6.6 pounds of butts in just one hour, well below the 15 pounds collected during the first such event in 2014.

EKU went 100 percent tobacco-free on June 1, 2014. Since then, ambassadors patrol the campus enforcing the policy.

Still, some students, faculty and staff have chosen to violate the policy by smoking and vaping on campus, according to Dr. Jack Rutherford, chair of EKU’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science and co-chair of the Colonels Kick Butt Team.

“Some have degraded The Campus Beautiful by littering the grounds with cigarette butts,” he said. “While most people know that exposure to tobacco smoke – both active and passive – is life-threatening, many do not realize the dangers that tobacco litter poses to the environment. Cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons into the environment, harming its ecosystems. In addition, the plastic components of cigarette butts are only biodegradable under ideal conditions, further threatening the environment.”

The event participants were treated to a free lunch as well as Colonels Kick Butt & Chew Too t-shirts and prizes.

Published on May 06, 2015

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