Tobacco

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Tobacco use is the #1 preventable cause of death. In Vermont, smoking costs approximately $348 million in medical expenses and results in about 1,000 smoking-related deaths each year. Countless other lives, including those of friends and family members, are impacted by the negative effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. 

Tobacco use is one of 3 behaviors that lead to 4 diseases (cancer, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and lung disease), resulting in more than 50% of deaths among Vermonters. Physical inactivity and poor nutrtion are the other two behaviors. Learn more about 3-4-50

To see how we're doing in Vermont—check out our Tobacco Performance Scorecard

Vermont Tobacco Control Program Goals

Since 2000, we have been working to create change at the environmental, policy and systems levels. These efforts have prevented youth and adults from becoming tobacco users, supported those looking to quit, and changed the overall acceptance of tobacco use.

Our work is guided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Best Practice Guidelines and the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation & Review Board, a group created to review the state's tobacco control work and recommend appropriate funding levels.

The goals of the Vermont Tobacco Control Program are to:

  • Prevent youth and young adults from starting to use tobacco
  • Decrease tobacco use in adults and youth
  • Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke  
  • Discourage the use of other tobacco products
Smoke-free Policies

We work closely with state, regional and community partners to create and support smoke-free policies. Our partners include schools, nonprofit organizations, legislators and town officials, government agencies and health care providers. 

Quit Tobacco Supports

802Quits

We oversee Vermont’s 802Quits, a 24/7 quit smoking resource for all residents.

802Quits offers tips and tools, including free nicotine replacement therapy (gum and patches or lozenges), to help Vermonters quit cigarettes and other tobacco products including vaping devices:

  • By phone
  • In-person
  • Online
  • Or on their own.  
Focus on Health Disparities

Although the costly addiction of tobacco use in Vermont affects nearly one in five, a closer look reveals large differences in smoking rates among certain groups. For instance, smoking rates are higher among people of lower income or who have mental health and substance use disorder issues. By looking at the data on tobacco use, we identify and prioritize efforts as described in the Tobacco State Plan.

In This Section

Most Vermonters who still smoke want to quit. You may be one of them, or know someone who is trying to quit tobacco. With the right tools and support, you can do it.

Here is the State Tobacco Plan 2015-2020 and resources to help you in your work to help Vermonters quit tobacco and stay tobacco-free.

Tobacco control is the work of many in Vermont. Best practice calls for state and local organizations to work together to reduce tobacco use, promote tobacco-free policies and support those who want to quit.

Low-income adults and those with mental health and substance use disorders have higher rates of tobacco use – and greater impacts on their health and quality of life.

Vermont has a long history of passing state laws and local policies to protect people from secondhand smoke, to stop youth from starting to use tobacco, and to lower the prevalence of tobacco use.