Tobacco Plans & Reports

Tobacco Evaluation Reports and Findings

Evaluation is a core component of the VTCP that informs program development, identifies opportunities for quality improvement, and aids in demonstrating impact of the program. The VTCP uses a participatory and utilization focused approach to evaluation guided by the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation.

Evaluation activities are informed by stakeholder input and intended to determine whom the VTCP is reaching, whether the program is doing what was intended, whether the program could be improved, and whether the program should be continued.  Evaluation activities are prioritized and defined in the VTCP’s 5-year Strategic Evaluation Plan, including:

  • What impact does the VTCP’s CounterBalance initiative have on point-of-sale policy change at the local and state levels?
  • To what extent has the VTCP expanded access to smoke-free multi-unit housing?
  • What impact has the VTCP had on cessation among Vermonters and target populations?
Examples of VTCP Evaluations Performed

Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board (VTERB)

For most of the history of tobacco control and prevention efforts in Vermont, the VTERB has overseen the evaluation of the comprehensive program, including the Health Department’s tobacco program and associated outcomes. Numerous evaluation reports and findings are available here: VTERB Independent Evaluation Reports

Tobacco Program Strategic Evaluation Plan, 2015-2010

The Vermont Tobacco Control Program’s (VTCP) strategic evaluation and performance measurement plan lays out the rationale, general content, scope, and timing of the evaluations the program plans to conduct. The findings will inform improvements, funding decisions, and programmatic strategies to address tobacco disparities.  
Tobacco Program Strategic Evaluation Plan

Medicaid Tobacco Benefit Expansion and Promotion Initiative Evaluation Report

In collaboration with the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA), known as Medicaid in Vermont, the cessation benefit has been expanded to include brief and intensive cessation counseling. The Medicaid Tobacco Benefit Expansion and Promotion Initiative Evaluation Report informs stakeholders on the collaborative efforts between VDH and DVHA on strategies and progress-to-date  for increasing utilization of the tobacco benefit.
Medicaid Tobacco Benefit Expansion and Promotion Initiative Evaluation Report

Reducing Health Costs in Vermont through Cessation Supports

The evaluation brief Reducing Health Costs in Vermont through Comprehensive Cessation Coverage and Support outlines why health payers and systems in the state should invest in providing comprehensive cessation coverage. It describes available resources for health payers and systems to aid in their efforts to promote cessation among tobacco users.

Qualitative Evaluation of the Tobacco-Free Mental Health Substance Abuse Initiative

In collaboration with the Departments of Health Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (ADAP) and Mental Health, the VTCP is working to implement tobacco-free campus policies and promote the integration of tobacco and behavioral health treatment. The 2015 evaluation Qualitative Evaluation of the Tobaccofree Mental Health Substance Abuse Initiative describes the barriers and facilitators to successful implementation with an emphasis on using findings to improve project implementation.  
Qualitative Evaluation of the Tobaccofree Mental Health Substance Abuse Initiative

Vermont Promotes Policy & Treatment to Reduce Disparity in Tobacco Use Among Individuals with Mental Health & Substance Abuse Conditions

The Vermont Promotes Policy & Treatment to Reduce Disparity in Tobacco Use among Individuals with Mental Health & Substance Abuse Conditions brief provides an overview of the program’s commitment and strategies to address the disparate tobacco burden among Vermonters with a mental health and/or substance abuse condition. Needs, opportunities and next steps are defined based on the VTCP’s evaluation findings for this initiative.
Vermont Promotes Policy & Treatment to Reduce Disparity in Tobacco Use among Individuals with Mental Health & Substance Abuse Conditions