By Kelsey Wagner |Staff Writer|
The Student Health Center along with Center for Education Health and Wellness sponsored a tobacco-free campaign event, Leave no Trace Behind, on April 22, in celebration of Earth Day.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Earth Day was established to raise awareness of issues surrounding the environment
Student Mayra Vega participated in the campaign by helping pick up cigarette butts around campus.
“[The Student Health Center] gave [participants] a paper bag and gloves, you could do it on your own or in pairs,” said Vega.
According to Tobacco Free CA, every 300 cigarettes produced consumes one tree; that is one tree for every one and a half cartons.
Vega and other students who participated went to the front of the library by the plants, corners, and sides of the building, and picked up various littered cigarette butts.
According to Tobacco Free CA, tobacco butts impact the environment, not just lives.
“Cigarette butts make up 34 percent of the total waste in California,” according to Tobacco Free CA.
Vega said she is impressed with CSUSB’s cleanliness; she did not find many cigarette butts as she thought.
“[Either] Students are not participating in smoking or it is a pretty clean campus,” said Vega.
Leave No Trace Behind encourages campuses nationwide to participate in Rethink Butts, a pick-up of cigarette butts campaign that spans over 180 campuses.