Smoking and radon are the leading causes of lung cancer. Radon and smoking risks don’t add up. They multiply.
Unless you test for it, there is no way of knowing if radon is present in your home.
13% of Vermont homes exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level, and 4% exceed twice the EPA action level. If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon, your risk of getting lung cancer is especially high. EPA estimates 86% of radon-related lung cancer deaths occur among current or former smokers. Lung cancer due to smoking and radon can be prevented.
Learn more about Radon and Smoking Risks.
Use the Radon, Smoking and Lung Cancer Data Explorer to find out more about radon, smoking, and lung cancer risks and rates in your community.
Reduce the Risk of Lung Cancer for You and Your Family
Free long-term radon in air test kits are available to Vermont residents. You can request one from the Radon Program by:
- Calling 800-439-8550
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Health Department Laboratory offers medium- and short-term radon test kits. Call 802-338-4736 or 800-660-9997 or submit a kit request form. For short-term tests, The EPA recommends using two testing devices, placed side-by-side. See the EPA’s Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon for more information.
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