Health department offers prizes for e-cigs
Monday, September 16, 2019
The Pitt County Health Health Department is encouraging people to stop vaping by providing a drop box for e-cigarette devices Tuesday night at the Pitt County Fair.
Health department personnel will be at the fair from 4-9 p.m. to offer information about the dangers of vaping and to give small gifts to the first 200 people who turn in their e-cigarette devices.
The drop box will be located at the Pitt County Government booth in the exhibit area.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine and other additives to the user in the form of an aerosol, which is commonly referred to as "vapor."
The use of the term "vapor" has led consumers to feel that it is safe to inhale, when in actuality, it is not safe, according to the health department.
As of Sept. 10, more than 450 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control from 33 states, the health department reported. Twenty-three cases have been reported in North Carolina.
The severity of the disease ranges from patient to patient. Six deaths have been reported.
Public Health Director John Silvernail has issued an urgent plea for residents to avoid using these products and to properly dispose of them, as they should not be thrown away in the trash.