Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
How are we doing at promoting tobacco-free policies, helping smokers/tobacco users quit, and reducing the percentage of adults and youth who use tobacco?
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.
Smoking and radon are the leading causes of lung cancer. If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon, your risk of getting lung cancer is especially high.
Our brains age along with the rest of our bodies, and our abilities naturally change with age. This aging process is different from the disease process associated with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
Cancer develops gradually as a result of many different factors related to lifestyle choices, environment and genetics. Anyone can develop cancer, but many cancers can be prevented.
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. Laws and bans on smoking in public places, at home and in the car, lead to quit attempts. Our comprehensive laws restrict possession of lit tobacco products and use of tobacco substitutes (e-cigarettes and other vaping devices) in work and public places, with very few exemptions. Vape shops, which are in the sole business of selling vaping or e-cigarette equipment, are exempted.
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.