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Above: An image from a downtown pickup last March

Now is Your Chance to Kick Butt(s)

By Kendra Santiago, PR & Marketing Manager for Blue Zones Project – Klamath Falls

Did you know Blue Zones Project, the Healthy Klamath Coalition, and community volunteers picked up over 16,000 cigarette butts last year? Over the course of 2019, our Tobacco Committee coordinated 3 litter clean ups around the community– in downtown Klamath Falls, the area around Sky Lakes Medical Center on Campus Drive, and along East Main and Mills Elementary. Our first two litter clean ups in 2020 were scheduled to happen in April, but due to best practices during COVID-19, we’ve decided it’s best to postpone the events. That being said, we’d still like to increase community awareness around tobacco litter, which is the number one littered item around the globe, and tobacco-use.

In recent news, you’ve probably heard the phrase “at risk populations” or reference made to people with “underlying conditions” being at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19. In general, these terms are referring to people who may have health criteria that puts them at greater risk of having poorer health outcomes if they get sick. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control, smoking (and being a prior smoker) falls into the criteria of increasing your risk for an adverse outcome should you contract COVID- 19. The good news is, if you are a smoker, there are great resources and tools to help you quit. Check out the list that Sky Lakes Medical Center provided, which we posted to

We encourage everyone to use the #StayHomeSaveLives order as an opportunity to put healthier habits into practice. Push the re-set button, break old habits, learn a new skill, and reprioritize health and loved ones. If you’re passionate about giving back to your community, or you’re going a little stir-crazy, consider donning a pair of rubber gloves and picking up litter in your neighborhood while practicing proper hand-hygiene and social distancing.

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