The Agency of Education will, when funding is available, help distribute grant funding, professional development, and technical assistance to support comprehensive substance abuse prevention efforts in Vermont schools. Schools implement curricula, policies, peer leadership, intervention and referral services to promote student resiliency and reduce risky behaviors.
Tobacco Use Prevention Program
2017 Comprehensive School-Based Tobacco Use Prevention Grant
According to the American Lung Association, nearly 90% of current adult smokers began smoking by their 18th birthday thus making the delayed initiation of cigarette smoking a priority in order to eliminate tobacco-related disease; the most preventable cause of death and disability in Vermont and in America today.
Great strides have been made in reducing the overall youth cigarette smoking rate in Vermont. However, across Vermont Supervisory Unions and Districts there exist statistically significant disparities in youth smoking behavior revealed in the 2013 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey and confirmed in the recently released 2015 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
With reduced funding support from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to school-based efforts anticipated, the Agency of Education redesigned their grant funding approach in 2016. Their new approach provides increased funding of $30,000 to each of 19 Supervisory Unions and Districts through a competitive grant process driven by the following criteria: youth smoking rate, poverty rate, adult (county) smoking rate together with the robustness of a six strategy work plan (Assessment, Policy, Curriculum, Teen Smoking Cessation, Youth Asset Development, and Community Engagement) to reduce both youth smoking and youth e-cigarette use rate by 5% by 2020, respectively and the SU/SD having in place an infrastructure for success to put the work plan into action.
Tobacco Prevention Resources
- CDC’s Best Practices for Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs Published in 2014
- Fact sheets, reports and other youth resources from CDC’s office on Smoking and Health
- The Real Cost Campaign: brought to you by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products
- Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012
Other Substance Abuse Prevention Programs
- Vermont Department of Health, Parent Up
- School-Based Substance Abuse Service
- Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse
Email Robert Uerz, Tobacco Use Prevention Education Coordinator, or call (802) 479-1437.