We strive to reduce tobacco use in Chittenden County by partnering with schools and community organizations. We partner with organizations, communities, and local government to address tobacco outlet density, tobacco free worksite and college campuses and, generally, to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke. We also address the impact of in-store tobacco advertising in our communities.
There are four local community coalitions funded to reduce tobacco use:
- Essex CHIPS
- Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community
- Milton Community Youth Coalition
- Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community
Local health office staff are members of each coalition, supporting their efforts. Coalition staff educate and engage youth and the community at large about the risks associated with tobacco use.
Most recently, the Burlington Partnership and its partners were successful in helping to create and advance a smoke-free Church Street.
While smoking rates are declining, they are higher in some groups and the Health Department is focused on addressing that discrepancy.
For individuals wishing to quit, resources are available through 802Quits and the Quit Partners at the University of Vermont Medical Center Division of Community Health Improvement at 802-847-2278.
To quit with support via telephone: 1 (800) QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669