Tobacco Prevention in Bennington County

We provide information regarding Vermont regulation of tobacco products and Vermont smoke-free laws. We are a resource for information on tobacco- and smoke-free initiatives, tobacco surveillance and research and youth prevention programming. We provide schools, health care providers and community coalitions with resources to support quitting smoking.

We provide support and assistance to coalitions, and the municipalities and worksites with whom they work, on the development of tobacco policies and ordinances. We provide support to colleges interested in pursuing smoke-free campuses. We also address the impact of in-store tobacco advertising in our communities.

The Collaborative has received a Community Transformation Grant and is working to provide education and outreach for our cities and towns regarding prevention of substance abuse, including tobacco.

The Collaborative works with towns to address secondhand smoke exposure by helping to develop sound, evidence-based policies. The creation of tobacco-free spaces, including tobacco substitutes such as e-cigarettes, is the most effective way to reduce secondhand smoke exposure. The goal is to protect all citizens from secondhand smoke exposure, to help smokers to quit, and to change social norms related to tobacco use. Strategies include:

  • Tobacco-free campuses, including e cigarettes, for town buildings and properties
  • Tobacco-free town vehicles
  • Reducing tobacco advertising
  • Reducing youth exposure to tobacco products

Recent successes:

  • The town of Manchester Parks Ordinance designated three public parks tobacco- and smoke-free in 2016
  • The town of Dorset created a smoke and tobacco policy applicable to all town-owned property in 2011.
  • The Manchester Price Chopper store created a smoke-free entry way, and helped reduce the employee smoking rate to less than 10%.
  • Pingree Park in Londonderry became smoke-free.
  • All municipal parks in Bennington posted signage designating the parks smoke-free.

While smoking rates are declining, they are higher in some groups, and the Health Department is focused on addressing that discrepancy.

Resources for Quitting

  • 802Quits: Call 1-800-Quit-Now (784-8669) for in-person, phone, or online help, including free gum, patches and lozenges.
  • Quit@Work Tool for worksites contemplating a smoke-free workplace.

Learn More

Tobacco Use in Vermont
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs- Vermont Community Profiles


Kathleen, Public Health Nurse