We provide information about the state’s regulation of tobacco products and smoke-free laws. We serve as a resource for information on tobacco and smoke-free initiatives, tobacco surveillance and research and youth prevention programming. We provide schools, health care providers and community coalitions with resources to support quitting smoking.
We provide support and assistance to coalitions and the municipalities and worksites with which they work on the development of tobacco policies and ordinances. We also provide support to colleges interested in pursuing smoke-free campuses. We also address the impact of in-store tobacco advertising in our communities.
While statewide smoking rates are declining, they are higher in some groups, and the Health Department is committed to addressing those disparities.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Coalition
The Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Coalition (ATOD) works closely with towns, healthcare agencies, businesses and schools to address secondhand smoke exposure by developing sound, evidence-based policies. The coalition’s home base is centrally located on 297 Summer Street in St. Johnsbury, also the childhood home of Dr. Bob, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The most effective way to reduce secondhand smoke exposure is through establishing tobacco and e-cigarette free spaces. The ATOD aims to protect all citizens from secondhand smoke exposure, to help smokers to quit and to change social norms related to tobacco use by:
- Implementing tobacco-free (including e-cigarettes) policies for health care organizations, college campuses and public areas.
- Using Counter Balance tools and information to reduce youth exposure to tobacco products
Local Success Stories:
- Our staff has partnered with ATOD to help local school districts write grants for prevention efforts. Three local school districts have received grant awards to fund this important work.
- Lyndon State College’s Smoke-Free College Campus policy has evolved to include e-cigarettes. This enhanced policy was included in the no-smoking policy of the student handbook published for the fall of 2016.
- ATOD Prevention staff were invited to speak at the State Capitol along with other health advocates regarding the health impact and prevalence of electronic cigarettes in an effort to pass bill H.171. Following testimony by the invited panel, the bill passed and was signed into effect in May 2016.
Resources for Quitting
- 802Quits: 1-800-Quit-Now (784-8669) for in-person, phone, or online help, including free gum, patches and lozenges.
- Quit@Work Tool for worksites contemplating a smoke-free workplace.
- N - O - T = Not on Tobacco is a teen smoking cessation program available at area high schools for teens who are regular smokers. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Interested students can sign up with their school guidance counselor or Substance Abuse Prevention staff.