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Tobacco use in Vermont 2019

Cigarette use: Vermont

Cigarette use in Vermont

  • In 2017, 15.8% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 9.3% of high school students in Vermont smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
Cigarette use in Vermont graph

Other tobacco product use: Vermont

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Vermont

  • In 2017, 3.0% of adults in Vermont used e-cigarettes and 2.6% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 12.0% of high school students in Vermont used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 5.2% of high school students in Vermont used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 5.5%.2
  • In 2017, 9.4% of high school students in Vermont smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.0%.2
Other tobacco product use in Vermont graph

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Vermont

  • Vermont received $99.8 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $3.8 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 45.2% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $348 million per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $232.8 million per year.5
Cigarette tax in Vermont graph

Vermont tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Vermont

Tobacco taxes

  • Vermont is ranked 7th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $3.08 per pack (enacted July 2015), compared to the national average of $1.79. (The District of Columbia has the highest tax at $4.50 and Missouri has the lowest at 17 cents.)6-8
  • Little cigars are taxed at $15.40 per cigar.
  • Roll-your-own tobacco is taxed at $3.08 per 0.0325 ounces.
  • Snuff is taxed at $2.57 per ounce.
  • New smokeless tobacco is taxed at $2.57 per ounce, or if sold in a package weighing less than 1.2 ounces, $3.08 per package.
  • Cigars with a wholesale price greater than $2.17 and less than $10 are taxed at $2 per cigar. Cigars with a wholesale price of $10 or more are taxed at $4 per cigar.
  • All other tobacco products are taxed at 92% of the wholesale price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
  • E-cigarettes are included in the state’s clean indoor air law. Vape shops are exempt.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in Vermont is 21, beginning Sept. 1, 2019.10
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.6
  • Minors are prohibited from buying bidis and/or tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes.6

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Vermont

  • The CDC estimates 50.3% of daily adult smokers in Vermont quit smoking for one or more days in 2017.3
  • In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications.7**
  • Vermont’s state quit line invests $4.58 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
  • Vermont has a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.7

Notes and references

Updated April 2019

*National and state-level prevalence numbers reflect the most recent data available. This may differ across state fact sheets.

**The seven recommended cessation medications are NRT gum, NRT patch, NRT nasal spray, NRT inhaler, NRT lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban).
Fiore MC, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service: May 2008.

1. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2017.

2. CDC, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, 2017.

3. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System, 2017.

4. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Broken Promises to Our Children: a State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 20 Years Later FY2019, 2018.

5. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Toll of Tobacco in the United States.

6. American Lung Association, State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI).

7. American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control, 2019.

8. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. State Cigarette Excise Tax Rates & Rankings.  https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/factsheets/0097.pdf.

9. Public Health Law Center. U.S. E-Cigarette Regulation: 50-State Review.  http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/resources/us-e-cigarette-regulations-50-state-review.

10. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. States and Localities that have Raised the Minimum Legal Sales Age for Tobacco Products to 21.  https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/content/what_we_do/state_local_issues/sales_21/states_localities_MLSA_21.pdf.