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Tobacco-free parks proposal up for debate in Greenville

(ABC 7 Amarillo - File photo)

Changes may soon be coming to parks in Greenville.

The City Council will consider a new ordinance to ban all tobacco products at the locations -- including cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

In 2014, the City Council supported a resolution for tobacco-free parks. Pitt County Health Director Dr. John Morrow is pushing the council to adopt the changes.

"Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death and disability for Pitt County Citizens and for North Carolinians. So it is a priority for our board of health and it's very important that we get smoking, including secondhand smoke, away from our parks," said Dr. Morrow.

Dr. Morrow will make the cast to the council in a workshop on Nov. 5. Other towns in Pitt County with tobacco-free parks include Grifton, Ayden, Winterville and Bethel.

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