Students clear cigarette butts from Davenport park

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Davenport students picked-up cigarette butts to demonstrate how much tobacco waste is littered in public parks.

The Davenport Central High School students that collected butts on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 are part of a tobacco awareness group called Shades of Success. Teens met at Centennial Park to “beautify” the area.

“We’re trying to bring awareness to the fact that there’s a lot of cigarette smoking in parks and things like that in Davenport,” said Nancy Offenhiser, a prevention specialist for the Center of Alcohol and Drug Services in Davenport. “We’re trying to get them educated that nicotine is an addictive substance.”

Offenhiser said the Shades of Success group partners with the Scott County Department of Public Health to raise awareness of the negative effects of tobacco use. Wednesday's project was put-on with the help of Genesis Health System.

All the collected cigarette butts were stuffed into jars to be used as a visual statement about how much waste is in local parks around the Quad Cities.