Tobacco

Tobacco

Tobacco and nicotine harm everyone, especially Vermont’s underserved residents. In fact, the use of tobacco contributes to four of the top five causes of death in Vermont. 

Countless other lives, including those of friends and family members, are impacted by the negative effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. Our team at the Vermont Tobacco Control Program is dedicated to reducing this burden through work at the individual, community, and policy levels.

What you Need to Know

Our Work

In This Section

Our program strives to create change at the environmental, policy and individual levels to prevent people from becoming tobacco and nicotine users, support those looking to reduce their use or quit, and ultimately, shift society’s perception of tobacco and nicotine use.

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.

Most Vermonters who 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.

Secondhand smoke comes from burning tobacco products, like cigarettes, cigars, hookahs or pipes. It’s also what’s exhaled, or breathed out, by the person smoking.

Today, more and more properties are going smoke-free because Vermont smoke-free properties are legal, healthy, safe and cost-effective. 

With the rise in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette, e-cigs or vapes) and vaping use among youth, teens and young adults, the Health Department and our team are working to prevent initiation and reduce vaping of all substances in Vermont.

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 proud history of state laws and policies protecting residents and visitors from the harms of tobacco and nicotine.