Public Health Statistics conducts surveillance of the burden of tobacco use among Vermonters and creates data reports to assist the Vermont Tobacco Control Program in making data-driven decisions for tobacco prevention and control. Tobacco surveillance data also provides information to the public about tobacco use in their communities.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. A 2014 report by the Surgeon General states that smoking causes harm in nearly every organ in the body1. In Vermont, smoking costs the state approximately $348 million in medical expenses and results in about 1000 smoking-attributable deaths each year2.
Tobacco use prevalence has declined significantly among adults and youth in Vermont over the last decade. There are significant disparities in tobacco use among several sub-populations in Vermont, including those with less education, lower income, racial/ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, and those with a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis.
Tobacco Use Surveillance Reports
Tobacco data pages are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of tobacco use among adults and youth in Vermont from multiple surveillance sources. They are useful as a resource for anyone interested in Vermont tobacco data, especially those who may want to use one or more slides in a presentation.
- Tobacco, 2021 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2020 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2019 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2018 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2017 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2016 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2015 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2014 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2013 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2012 BRFSS Updates
- Tobacco, 2011 BRFSS Updates
Tobacco data briefs are short, two to four page publications on specific tobacco-related topics.
- Flavored Tobacco Data Snapshot, 2023
- Tobacco Use: Age of Initiation, 2017-2019 BRFSS
- Electronic Vapor Product Use Among (EVP) among High School Students in VT, 2019 YRBS
- Tobacco Disparities Charts, 2022
- Tobacco Disparities Chart, 2020
- Flavors Drive Tobacco Use in Vermont, 2020
- PACE Vermont Snapshot, 2020
- Economic Benefit of Reducing Smoking among Medicaid-Insured Vermonters, 2020
- Sexual Orientation Disparities among Youth, 2019
- Cessation Strategies Among Vermont Adults: Current & Recently Quit Former Smokers, 2019
- Electronic Vapor Product Use and Other Risk Behavior among High School Students, 2018 (Updated)
- Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Policy Coverage and Support Among Vermont Adults, 2018
- Support for Tobacco-Related Point of Sale Policies: Local Opinion Leaders & Adults in Vermont, 2018
- E-cigarette Use Among Adults in Vermont, 2018
- Electronic Vapor Product Use and Other Risk Behavior among High School Students, 2017
- Simultaneous Tobacco Product Use and Other Risk Behaviors among High School Students, 2017
- Youth Tobacco Use: Associated Risks & Assets, 2017
- Disparities in Secondhand Smoke Exposure among Adult Non-smokers, 2015
- Attitudes of Vermonter Regarding Secondhand Smoke and Point of Sale, 2015
The health department conducts periodic opinion surveys of Vermont adults about a variety of tobacco-related topics.
- Tobacco Control State Plan, 2015-2020
- Tobacco Retailer Audit Story Map
- Vermont Tobacco Control Program
- Vermont Adult Tobacco Survey (VTATS)
(1) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014. Printed with corrections, January 2014.
(2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Smoking and Health, 2014.