Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout: Cigarette Butt Clean-Up

November 19, 2015

12pm – 2pm

George Mason Statue (North Plaza)

“Cigarette butts are not bio-degradable and can take on average 25 years to break down all the while leaching toxic chemicals like cadmium, arsenic, and pesticide residues into the soil and waterways.1

The American Cancer Society hosts Great American Smokeout each year to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

For this year’s Great American Smokeout, Student Support and Advocacy Center will lead a cigarette butt clean-up from 12pm – 2pm on November 19th, 2015. Student Support and Advocacy Center will provide quit kits and will give out free shirts to volunteers.

In addition to cleaning up our campus, Student Support and Advocacy Center wants to support smokers wanting to quit. Quitting is hard, but smokers can increase their chances of success with help. To learn about the available tools and resources on-campus and off, visit The American Cancer Society, Student Health Services, Wellness By Mason, and Compass.


1Novotny T, Hardin S, Hovda L,Novotny D, McLean MK, Khan S. Tobacco and cigarette butt consumption in humans and animals. Tobacco Control 2011;20(Suppl 1):i17-i20. available online:


GASO 2015

Collection from this year! Our grand total was approximately 8,651 cigarette butts on the Fairfax campus!