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See why others support CounterBalance, then write and share your own reason below.

Encouraging kids to smoke a vape is so wrong!!! I'm a smoker of 40+ years and it's impossible to quit!

Katy Valdez

St. Johnsbury

I am concerned because many of my students do not think flavored tobacco or tobacco in general is a concern.

Emily Gunn

Rutland

As a concerned parent, I feel all tobacco products and especially flavored/candied tobacco is underhanded and unacceptable.

Tina Martin

Woodstock

I know a lot of people who began vaping because of the flavors and I don't want to see the youth of my state being misled into addiction.

Nickolas Stapleton

Perkinsville

Please don't have these products where my grandchildren can see them in the stores

Efstathiou Laura

Windsor

I am super concerned about flavored tobacco products - especially ecigs. It is awful that kids are being marketed to like that.

Beth Haysleti

Bethel

It encourages students to start smoking.

Pat Gelo

Derby

As a new parent, I do not want my boys to have to grow up surrounded by products that are so bad for their health.

Sara Zaino

Peru

It's causing all kinds of illness and that's killing all kinds of people.

Kynzie Smith

Springfield

Because I feel these products are marketed to young children who don't understand the health risk of said product.

Rosie DeCamp

Bellows Falls

Grooming teens as tobacco users is wrong.

Andy Jackins

Townshend

They encourage kids to try deadly tobacco products.

Julie Sweet

Swanton

I'm concerned about flavors that appeal to kids. I'm also concerned about advertising to kids and the kids thinking vaping is cool.

Jeannete Boos

Wilmington

I don't like that kids are getting addicted at a young age!

Rosie Senna

Burlington

They are a gateway to addiction and are being marketed to youth.

Cheryl Chandler

West Danville

Tobacco can damage your lungs and over time make it hard to breath.

Madison Ashford

Williamstown

People are unaware that the effects are of flavored tobacco are the same as smoking or chewing tobacco.

Amra Jusupovu

Burlington

Flavored tobacco products provide an easy pathway to possible lifelong addiction for our kids to tobacco use.

Karen Avery

West Dover

By making flavored tobacco products attractive to young people - they get hooked at an early age, and it is very hard to quit! Oral cancer is a very real concern.

Rhea Clark

Wilmington

People think vaping is healthier than smoking, so they think it's okay.

Meredith Pelton

Springfield

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

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LOCATE YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Together with your local community partner, you can:

  • Raise awareness by talking with members of your community about how you can protect Vermont's youth from the dangers of tobacco products.
  • Help pass a local resolution expressing concern about tobacco products being marketed to youth.
  • Educate community leaders about options to decrease exposure to tobacco products and advertising—like content-neutral signage requirements or safety zones around schools and parks.
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HELP SOUND THE ALARM

Sharing this important information with your own social network is a simple way to help spread the word about how the tobacco industry targets Vermont’s youth.

ARE YOU A RETAILER?

Your store can help protect Vermont's youth from tobacco. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Take down exterior-facing tobacco ads such as sandwich boards or ads in windows
  • Choose to not advertise tobacco products by not displaying any ads inside or outside of your store
  • Take a step further and keep all tobacco products out of sight (under the counter or in a cabinet)
  • Volunteer to stop selling flavored tobacco products
  • Volunteer to stop selling all tobacco products

See What Other Vermont Retailers Are Doing to take a stand against the tobacco industry’s influence.

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