August 13, 2004
HONOLULU— This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon the Department of Health (DOH) Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) will be holding the first wrap party for the “2004 Kick Butt Patrol” campaign at Dave & Busters. This party is being held as a thank you to Kick Butt Patrol volunteers for their effort helping to clean up Hawaii’s beaches and parks. The Kick Butt Patrol picked up approximately 2,400 cigarette butts or almost 30 pounds of cigarette litter!!
“In addition to educating youth about the increased health risks of those who smoke and those who breathe in smoke, we need to be aware that discarding cigarette butts on our beaches and parks also threatens the health of our environment,” says Chiyome Fukino, M.D., Director of Health.
The project’s success is to the credit of a partnership between the DOH TPEP and Cox Radio Stations, KXME and KCCN to raise awareness about youth smoking rates and tobacco product litter at local beaches and parks. The campaign featured Papa T of the group B.E.T who not only produced and recorded an anti-smoking message, but also signed up to try and quit smoking with the help of the Castle Medical Center Addiction Program.
The Kick Butt Patrol involved almost 100 youth taking time out of their weekend to pick up cigarette butts in Waimanalo, Keehi Lagoon, Ala Moana Beach Park and Mililani Skate Park. The volunteers will be treated with a $10 Dave & Busters Power Card and free prizes for their great work in keeping our beaches and parks free of tobacco product litter.
For more information, contact:
TPEP Program Coordinator
Department of Health