AUBURN, Calif. (CBS) — A California woman has reached a major milestone in her effort to clean up her hometown.

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The “Butt Lady of Auburn,” as she’s known, has now picked up 1 million cigarette butts.

Sally Dawley began her crusade back in 2014 with only a broom, dustpan and a pair of tongs.

She keeps track of the butts she picks up with a clicker.

Wednesday, after picking up 26 in a diner parking lot, she hit the 1-million mark.

  1. It’s amazing how millions of cigarette butts appearing all over the streets and gutters happened so coincidentally with smokers being thrown out of well-ventilated bars and restaurants and workplaces to smoke in those streets and gutters. It would be nice if Tobacco Free Kiddies etc would fund a study examining the relationship between the two, but somehow I doubt the research grants would flow.

    The study would be easy enough to design: just a few pairs of roughly matched Smoke-Ban Cities vs Free-Choice Cities and an examination of butt density in downtown areas.

    – MJM

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