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MINTY. COLORFUL. TOXIC. Tobacco companies target our children with harmless-looking appealingly flavored products. It’s a trap. Nicotine can rewire young brains as they grow, making chemical dependence much more likely.

CHANGES TO VERMONT’S
TOBACCO LAWS IN
2019

July  1

Tobacco substitutes containing nicotine, including e-cigarettes, can only be sold by a retailer who is licensed or has purchased their products from a licensed wholesaler.

July  1

Tobacco substitutes containing nicotine, including e-cigarettes, are subject to a 92% tax on the wholesale cost.

September  1

Vermont raised the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. This includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes and any other tobacco substitute that contains nicotine.

Flavored Tobacco Is:

ATTRACTIVE TO AND DANGEROUS FOR YOUTH

The long-term health effects of vaping are unknown at this time.

10% of Vermont youth reported that the primary reason they use e-cigarette products is because they are available in many flavors.

Teens who first try tobacco using a vape are 4 times more likely to try cigarettes, compared to teens who don’t vape.

Teens who first try tobacco using a vape are 3 times more likely to be current cigarette smokers within 2 years.

The more often your children are exposed to flavored tobacco products and advertising, the more likely they are to start using tobacco.

Vermont by the numbers

50%

of Vermont high school students have tried an electronic vapor product, a significant increase from 2017

27%

of all Vermont high school students have tried a flavored tobacco product

10%

of Vermont students who currently use electronic vapor products report using them because they think they are less harmful than smoking

WHAT RETAILERS ARE DOING

Vermonters are taking a stand against the tobacco industry’s influence. Check out the quotes below to see what these Vermonters are doing to reduce tobacco’s impact on our state’s young people. Contact Us to share your story.

  • Vaneasa Sterns

    “I’ve seen everyone who smokes struggle in the 21 years I’ve owned the store. I do not carry the one packet cigars or dip. I have chosen not to use any sandwich boards or posters or any other marketing tool that the tobacco companies have put out that I can pick up at a trade show or get through my distributors. Wouldn’t it be great to see the next generation of Vermont children tobacco-free?”

    Vaneasa Sterns Owner, Lincoln General Store Lincoln
  • Steve Hochberg

    “We gave up selling tobacco well over 20 years ago. We promote healthcare and smoking is just so against that.”

    Steve Hochberg Owner & Pharmacist, Rutland Pharmacy Rutland
  • Brad Hartley

    “In the last seven and a half years, a half a dozen of our regular customers who were cigarette smokers passed away. We decided to keep a limited selection, to display them as marginally as possible, and to do no secondary advertising — no posters, no plastic boxes, no kids’ characters of tobacco mascots.”

    Brad Hartley Vermont Energy Co Ferrisburg
  • James Marmar

    “We decided to stop selling cigarettes. I really care about people’s health and I could not in good conscious sell cigarettes. Grocery stores, chain stores, they should all stop selling cigarettes. I would love to see the next generation of Vermont children tobacco-free.”

    James Marmar Woodstock Pharmacy Ferrisburg
  • Senator Dick Mazza

    “I’ve been at the store for 61 years. My dad had a policy to never advertise or discount cigarettes. He never touched tobacco his whole life. I’ve kept that tradition all these years. I always discourage people from buying the products. I will not advertise it or discount it. I don’t want to see youth get hooked on something that’s going to be a real detriment to their health.”

    Senator Dick Mazza Owner, Dick Mazza’s General Store & State Senator Colchester

TOBACCO RETAILERS BY THE NUMBERS


Flavored tobacco products are accessible and affordable for youth according to the 2018 Counter Tools Store Audit Report. These products are often sold in close proximity to schools in Vermont, with 29% of schools being within 1,000 feet of a tobacco retailer. This is troubling as youth are more likely to start smoking when there are more tobacco retailers in a given area.

49%

of Vermont tobacco retail stores offer tobacco product price promotions

86%

of Vermont tobacco retail stores sell flavored tobacco products

40%

of tobacco retail stores in Vermont sell e-cigarettes

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