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UCF is encouraging students to get off their butts to rid campus of cigarette butts March 3.

Hosted by the Student Health Advisory Committee, this year's butt cleanup event comes with a chance to earn some cash. The four students who collect the most cigarette trash, recorded by volume, will be awarded $50 Barnes and Noble gift cards. All participants will also receive "smoke-free" T-shirts.

"We think it is important to keep the smoke-free policy visible" said Samantha Spiers, president of SHAC, in a release. "This is a fun event that allows students to show their support for a smoke-free campus."

To participate, students can check in at the smoke-free tent on the Student Union patio between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. They will return their collected trash, which will be disposed by Environmental Health and Safety, to the tent.

When UCF became a smoke-free campus in August 2012, all ash tray receptacles were removed to avoid sending conflicting messages, said Mary Schmidt-Owens, co-chair of the UCF smoke-free committee, in a release. And although people are encouraged not to smoke on campus, the policy cannot actually be enforced, resulting in smokers simply throwing their butts on the ground.

However, the policy has helped UCF cut down on trash produced by cigarette butt litter bugs.

"We have stayed in close contact with the staff members at Environmental Health and Safety, and they report that cigarette trash is down from what it was pre-policy implementation," Schmidt-Owens said.

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Caroline Glenn is the News Editor at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @byCarolineGlenn or email her at CarolineG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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