Vermont’s tobacco control program strives to create change at the environmental, policy and individual levels to prevent people from initiating use of tobacco and nicotine products, support those looking to reduce their use or quit, and ultimately, shift society’s perception of tobacco and nicotine use.
The program is a collaborative effort among, and state funding is provided to, the following for different functions:
- The Department of Health – Cessation, Community Coalitions, Media (education and counter-marketing), Surveillance/Evaluation
- Agency of Education – school-based education and youth prevention efforts
- Department of Liquor and Lotteries – enforcement
- The Vermont Attorney General’s Office also monitors state tobacco laws and the provisions of the Master Settlement Agreement
Specifically, the goals of the program are to:
- Prevent youth and young adults from starting to use tobacco
- Decrease tobacco use in adults and youth
- Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke
- Discourage the use of other tobacco products
Inherent in these goals is a requirement for robust evaluation strategies and data collection, which—at the highest level—tell us how we’re doing on meeting these goals.