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Girl scout looks to clear beaches of cigarette butts

Erin and her group spent time Thursday morning picking up cigarette butts in Myrtle Beach State Park (WPDE)

No one likes to see cigarette butts on the beach.

Girl scout Erin Emiroglu is doing something about it. She and her troop are spending time at Myrtle Beach State Park picking them up.

It's part of the Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, and is essentially their equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award.

"My project is called 'Butts of the Beach' and the purpose is to eliminate the number of cigarette butts left on the beaches by installing accessible cigarette receptacles," said Emiroglu.

She explained why the project means so much to her: "Cigarette butts pose a danger, not just to the sea life in the ocean, but humans themselves. They release so many chemicals into the ocean water which can effect our health. And leaving them on the sand can be a danger for infants too."

Several bags are now full of cigarette butts, and she and her troop put up signs reminding people not put out their cigarettes in the sand.

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