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 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.
Smoking rates in Vermont are declining, but they remain higher in some groups. Learn more about how we provide services and supports to those with the highest rates of smoking and tobacco use.
CounterBalance is a campaign directed towards the tobacco industry’s influence on youth and the damaging impact tobacco use has on community health.
resources for Quitting
To quit with telephone support: 1 (800) QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669
Resources are also available through the Quit Partners at the University of Vermont Medical Center Division of Community Health Improvement at 802-847-2278.