Pitt County Health Director looking to make parks ‘tobacco free’

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There could be some big changes in store for parks in Greenville. They soon could become tobacco free.

This isn’t the first time this particular item has been addressed in Pitt County.

In 2015, the same proposal made it through the process until it failed by a Pitt County Commissioner vote of 5-4.

Pitt County Health Director Dr. John Morrow is behind the initiative and says it’s something he’s been working on for years to pass.

He says other towns and cities similar to Greenville already have something in place.

“Tobacco continues to be the number one preventable cause of death and disability for people right here in Pitt County, for Eastern North Carolina, and actually for the state as a whole, so it’s very important for public health,” said Dr. Morrow.

Dr. Morrow hopes to get this passed as soon as possible and continue working to make other parks tobacco free.

Ayden, Grifton, Winterville, and Bethel are all towns in Pitt County that currently have tobacco free parks.

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