Tobacco Surveillance in Vermont

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

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.

Macro Survey

The health department conducts periodic opinion surveys of Vermont adults about a variety of tobacco-related topics.

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References

(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.