COVID-19: Tobacco and Vaping Alert

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and data tells us that it is even more dangerous for people who smoke and vape. Read more on our website.

Lamoille Valley Tobacco and Vaping Community Needs Survey

Healthy Lamoille Valley’s Tobacco Prevention Task Force wants your input on how to support you, those around you and our community on the topic of smoking and vaping cessation and prevention in this time of COVID-19. Please fill out our quick community needs survey at  After completing this survey, you can choose to be entered in a raffle to win one of four $25 gift certificates of your choosing from our Lamoille Valley Business Friends of Prevention list. Your survey responses will not be connected to your contact information.  For more information visit


Cessation Resources for Teens and Young Adults

Whatever approach you take. Know that help is available, you are not alone, and the work of quitting will be worth it!

Area Medical Offices
Consult with your doctor or pediatrician. Many local practices have a CHT (community health team) program that can provide free services. Your doctor will be able to manage expectations around the medical perspectives of quitting. In the state of Vermont, youth ages 13 and over can seek mental health and substance use treatment on their own behalf without parental consent or direct notification. In most cases we recommend parent involvement for increased support in quitting.

Stowe Family Practice
Laura Dewey, 802-253-9172

Morrisville Family Health Center
Appleseed Pediatrics
Meagan DeWitt, 802-851-8822

Family Practice Associates
(at the Cambridge Health Center)
Rorie Dunphey, 802-644-5114

Hardwick Area Health Center
Katie Whitaker, 802-472-3300

A counselor can support you as you make a plan to quit.  You can check with your school nurse, visit your counseling center, or contact these area service providers.

Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Center is a designated agency for substance misuse treatment. Call 802-888-8320 or visit them online at

Wellspring Counseling Serves the greater Hardwick area.  Call 802-472-6694 or visit them online at (for kids 13 and older)
Vermont’s Quit Resource
There are many things you can do to improve your chances of success.  Working with a Vermont Quit Partner or Quitline Coach increases your chances of successfully quitting.  By Phone, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, call or text.  Free one-on-one coaching for ages 13 and older. Quitline Coaches are available 24/7, with additional support via email and text. Includes free patches, gum and lozenges. Online
at, quit on your own with help from online tools and resources like message boards. Includes free patches, gum and lozenges.Free for ages 13 and older.

“This is Quitting” Text-Based Cessation Program for Teens

  • This is Quitting is a first-of-its-kind program designed to help young people ages 13-24 quit vaping. The text message program was created and is run by Truth Initiative, the non-profit organization behind the award-winning truth® campaign and the BecomeAnEX program.
  • Teens and young adults sign up to receive free messages designed to build confidence and skills to quit vaping.

How it Works in Vermont:

  • Teens and young adults ages 13-24 can text in “VtVapeFree” to 88709 to enroll.
  • Users will receive one age-appropriate message per day tailored to their enrollment date, which can be set, reset and cleared out via text message. Users who set a quit date receive text messages for 1 week prior to their quit date and 8 weeks post-quit date.
  • If users do not set a quit date, they will receive 4 weeks of messages focused on building skills and confidence.
  • There are some additional support keywords that users can use including COPE, STRESS, SLIP and MORE which allows them to receive instant support whenever they need it.
  • Upon completion of the program, users receive periodic text messages from truth campaign and may continue to use the supportive keywords for as long as they like.

Healthy Lamoille Valley Tobacco Prevention Task Force
Join the Healthy Lamoille Valley Tobacco Prevention Task Force and/or share your experiences and knowledge in your schools, towns and workplaces. Please share with us your concerns around tobacco products. We are also collecting information about workplaces, organizations, schools, towns, public spaces and events that are smoke-free or interested in support in educational opportunities about policy enhancement on this topic. Contact Alison at

Taking Down Tobacco – Attention youth and adults! Take these free online classes to get the skills, knowledge and tools you need to fight tobacco use in your community.


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Healthy Lamoille Valley is working to:

  • Address Tobacco Use Among Youth
  • Eliminate Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, and
  • Increase Tobacco-free Policies in Towns, Public Places, Workplaces, and College Campuses.

Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the country, while, in Vermont, smoking costs approximately $348 million in medical expenses and results in about 1,000 smoking-related deaths each year.


New data from the 2017 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) shows that, on average, Vermont middle school and high school students are more likely to have tried electronic vapor products like e-cigarettes in 2017 compared to 2015, increasing from 7% to 9% for middle schoolers and from 30% to 34% for high schoolers.

Read more on electronic cigarettes, vaping and juuling



Smoking in the Workplace Resources

For more informaiton

Contact Alison Link

Policy and Community Outreach Coordinator 



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Help End Tobacco’s Influence on Vermont’s Youth

The tobacco industry uses candy flavors and colorful packaging to make e-cigarettes, little cigars, and chew seem more appealing – and it’s working on our kids. In fact, two-thirds of tobacco-using youth said they use these products because they come in flavors they like.

Currently CounterBalance is working to raise awareness about the dangers of flavored tobacco products.

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