Secondhand tobacco smoke can result in eye and throat irritation, and increase the risk of lung cancer, respiratory diseases, and heart attacks. Vermont has three smoke free laws which protect the public from secondhand tobacco. No level of exposure to secondhand smoke is safe (2006 US Surgeon General Report).
New Smoke Free Workplace (Smoking in the Workplace Law) - In 2009, Vermont amended its Smoking in the Workplace law to prohibit smoking inside all areas of the workplace. Prior to this amendment, the law allowed employers to designate smoking areas if they obeyed certain rules. Now the law requires all indoor areas of workplaces to be 100% smoke free.
Tobacco on the School Grounds Law - protects students, teachers and the public by prohibiting the use of tobacco on public school gounds.
Smoking in Public Places Law - also known as the Clean Indoor Air Act, protects public health by prohibiting the possession of lighted tobacco products in most places to which the general public has access.
Smoke Free Housing - The American Lung Association of New England website provides tenants and rental property owners with tools and information for making apartment complexes smoke free.
Smoking Policy and Health Resources
Quit Smoking Help
Vt. Department of Health
Tobacco Control Program
108 Cherry St.
Burlington, VT 05402
The American Cancer Society
55 Day Lane
PO Box 1460
Williston, VT 05495
The Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont
149 Beaumont Ave.
Health Science Research Facility
Burlington, VT 05405-0075