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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara Public Health Department’s Tobacco  Prevention and Cannabis Education program (TPCE) and the Coalition Engaged in a  Smoke-free Effort (CEASE), invites all community members to join them in a beach  clean-up event on Saturday, September 9, 2023, from 10 am- 12 pm at East Beach,  1400 East Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 

Cigarette butts are the number one most littered item around the world. These toxic  items, which are made from plastic, are easily swept from the streets and sidewalks into  the sewer system or directly into the ocean, where they pollute the marine environment. Worldwide it is estimated that 1.68 billion pounds of cigarette butts end up as waste  each year (UNDO, 2022). Members of CEASE and the TPCE staff seek to rid Santa  Barbara County beaches of tobacco/smoking litter in order to protect the environment.  

Coalition Engaged in a Smoke-Free Effort (CEASE) is a diverse coalition of individuals,  and organizations whose purpose is to protect the lives and health of Santa Barbara  County residents. They focus on the harmful effects of tobacco products, secondhand  smoke, emissions from electronic smoking devices and the tobacco industry’s product  marketing. In order to accomplish this CEASE provides leadership and facilitates  community mobilization, education, advocacy, and policy development. 

The Tobacco Prevention Program provides a variety of education, cessation, and  enforcement services to prevent youth from beginning tobacco and electronic smoking  device use, to help tobacco user’s quit, and to protect the public from the harmful effects  of secondhand smoke. Cannabis education is an effort to safely, legally, and  responsibly navigate our state’s adult-use marijuana landscape. We work to stay up to  date with cannabis and our kids’ health and safety – and provide that information to the  residents of Santa Barbara County. 

“Events like this one allow our coalition to raise awareness about the dangers  associated with tobacco waste on our beaches. We invite the Santa Barbara community  to join us in our effort to raise awareness and keep Santa Barbara beaches free from  tobacco waste” Santiago Segovia, Tobacco Preventions & Cannabis Education  Program Manager.  

Sign up to join: CEASE Beach Clean Up ( UAffIS2C10NWYmNHXQ9V5rYkxvutl88gCImwFiVV-sgmzXu4jXM5haGk 

Reference:  Cigarette Butts are Toxic Waste and Kill the Environment – (


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