Pilot program offers students $50 gift card for their vape pens

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SALEM, MA (WNCN) – A city in Massachusetts is offering $50 gift cards to high school age kids who turn in their vape pens.

The City of Salem is partnering with a local medical center to launch the one-year pilot program.

Starting Monday, students at Salem High School, Salem Academy Charter School, New Liberty Innovation School, and Salem Prep High School can turn in their e-cigarette and receive a $50 gift card to Target, Market Basket, Stop & Shop, or other area businesses.

The teens must also attend four 45-minute vaping cessation support sessions.

“The negative health effects from vaping are now clearly established, so I hope all Salem kids who might use these potentially deadly devices will consider bringing it in for the buy-back,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “By coupling the gift card with cessation services, we’re also hoping to help youth successfully break the vaping habit for good, too. I’m grateful to North Shore Medical Center, North Shore Community Health, our school nurses, the Salem Health Department, and the Salem Youth Commission, all of whom had a role in making this exciting pilot possible.”

Those looking for more information about the program can contact their school nurses or call the Teen Health Center at 978-740-1220.

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