On September 1st, Vermont became the 19th state to raise the age of sale or possession of all tobacco product to 21. More than 90% of smokers report they started smoking before the age of 25, making the period of college an important time to ensure students do not also pick up a potential life-threatening daily habit on your campus in addition to an education.
Did you know that more than 2,300 college campuses in the US now have 100% tobacco- or smoke-free campuses? Colleges and partners across Vermont have also been working to improve policy to support the health and success of students and staff.
According to the Surgeon General’s Report “there is no risk free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.” A smoke and tobacco-free campus:
- Creates a healthier environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors
- Supports tobacco users who are trying to quit and helps those who have quit remain smoke free
- Reduces the number of new tobacco users by promoting the social norm of a smoke and tobacco free environment.
There is funding to support VT campus efforts! The VT Department of Health is working with a local tobacco grantee, to provide small grants for Vermont colleges to help with tobacco policy improvement efforts. Applicants may request funding up to $7,000 for up to a year of work. Grant guidelines, application and budget documents are linked below.
This is an easy application and you’ll find out if your campus is awarded in 30 days or less! Open application period through April 30, 2020. No new applications will be accepted after April 30, 2020. To request more details about the guidelines or an application, or if you want to talk with someone further about this opportunity or the other resources in Vermont to support tobacco policy improvement on campus, contact the Vermont Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative Coordinator, Mariah Sanderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 652-0997.