We support community partners to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, our high school students are exposed to secondhand smoke at alarming rates. When the survey was conducted in 2015, 49% of Orleans County high schoolers reported having been in a room with someone smoking within the previous week. With increased availability of e-cigarettes, it’s more important than ever that we do all we can to prevent our young people from starting smoking, as well as educating everyone about the health hazards of being exposed to secondhand smoke.
The Healthworks ONE Prevention Coalition, also works to help change the tobacco point-of-sale environment by working with community retailers to decrease or eliminate the impact that the sales, visibility and advertising of tobacco have on smoking initiation in local youth.
In 2016, Healthworks ONE hosted a “Smoke Free Places” community forum, beginning a community conversation about limiting smoking near locations such as school bus stops. For more information about Healthworks ONE, visit the coalition’s Facebook page, Northern Vermont Parents for Change.
While smoking rates are declining, they are higher in some groups, and the Health Department is committed to addressing those disparities.
Resources for Quitting Smoking
- North Country Hospital Wellness Center’s Quit Time Tobacco Cessation has tools, support and nicotine replacement therapy offered in individual or weekly group sessions. Call 802-334-3208 for more information.
- 802Quits 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669