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Published on January 25th, 2018 | by Deb Wolf

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Vermont Report Card on State of Tobacco Control

Vermont’s Mixed Grades Show Stalled Efforts to Save Lives, Reduce Tobacco Use, Finds New American Lung Association Report

2018 ‘State of Tobacco Control’ report finds Vermont lawmakers’ efforts to reduce tobacco use was largely unproductive in 2017 and faces possible regression in 2018.

The American Lung Association’s 2018 “State of Tobacco Control” shows Vermont earned mixed grades on its tobacco policies. The 16th annual report grades states and the federal government on policies proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and finds that Vermont was unable to move the ball on tobacco policy in 2017, and that elected officials must do more to save lives and ensure all Vermont residents benefit.

“Nationwide, smoking rates have continued to decline to historically low levels, yet tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease killing over 480,000 Americans each year,” said Jeff Seyler, Executive Vice President of the American Lung Association, Northeast Region. “Tobacco use is a serious addiction, and the fact that nearly19 percent of adults and almost a quarter of high school students in Vermont currently use tobacco highlights how much work remains to be done in our communities to prevent and reduce tobacco use.”

This year’s “State of Tobacco Control” finds Vermont’s grades show zero progress from last year and that Governor Scott and the state legislature must reprioritize tobacco control policies that will save lives:

  • Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs – Grade D
  • Strength of Smokefree Workplace Laws – Grade A
  • Level of State Tobacco Taxes – Grade B
  • Coverage and Access to Services to Quit Tobacco – Grade B
  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21 – Grade F

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