The Vermont Adult Tobacco Survey is a telephone survey of Vermont adults (18+). The data are used to help evaluate the effectiveness of Vermont Tobacco Control Program efforts to reduce smoking and increase awareness and knowledge of smoking-related issues.
Vermont has conducted the Adult Tobacco Survey annually from 2001 to 2008, and every other year thereafter (i.e., 2010, 2012, 2014). The sample includes 2,000 respondents each year, 1,000 each of smokers and non-smokers. Results are weighted by age, gender, county, household composition, telephone type, and smoking status in order to compensate for differences between the sample and the overall Vermont adult population. The weighting procedure ensures that the sample is representative of this population, and permits us to draw inferences about the whole Vermont adult population.
The Vermont Adult Tobacco Survey provides outcome data on several key tobacco measures, including initiation of tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, awareness and utilization of cessation services, risk perception and social influences, and tobacco-related disparities.
National Adult Tobacco Survey
The National Adult Tobacco Survey is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provides national data on adult tobacco use, knowledge, attitudes, purchasing behaviors, and tobacco use prevention and control policies. While National Adult Tobacco Survey provides important information at a national level, the Vermont Adult Tobacco Survey is not part of the national survey, and data should not be directly compared to that from other states.
Additional Tobacco Surveillance Data and Reports
The Health Department's Center for Health Statistics conducts surveillance of the burden of tobacco use among Vermonters using several additional data sources, and publishes various reports. Explore Vermont tobacco surveillance data and reporting.
The Vermont Tobacco Control Program
For more information about tobacco use in Vermont and how the Health Department is helping to reduce the burden of tobacco use and prevent initiation among youth and adult: Vermont Tobacco Control Program.