Healthy Lamoille Valley Tobacco and Vape Prevention and Cessation Taskforce Meeting
Topic: Addressing tobacco cessation among adults in our rural community, the research, local experience and next steps
Guest Presenter: Dr. Elias Klemperer
Tuesday, December 20th, Noon

All are invited to help support our community in reducing tobacco use and increasing health outcomes. The field research demonstrates that smoking is more common in rural areas with greater harms, in particular with co-occurrence of Opioid Use Disorder. We’ll join together to share local experiences and brainstorm strategies for the Lamoille Valley towards cessation and prevention of tobacco and vaping and its impacts. We are happy to announce that we will be joined by Elias Klemperer, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science and an investigator with the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health.

Register in advance.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

Draft agenda:

  • Local data for Vermont and the Lamoille Valley region including the Greater Hardwick Area
  • Tobacco use and barriers to quitting in rural communities
  • Importance of tobacco treatment for people with opioid use disorder
  • explore research on providing treatment for smokers who are not motivated or not ready to quit
  • Lessons learned and best practices
  • Share local experiences, concerns, questions
  • Brainstorm strategies for the Lamoille Valley towards how to best support cessation and prevention of tobacco and vaping and its impacts (including environmental factors, norms, and laws)