WINDSOR COUNTY, Vt. – With a mission to inspire community action that promotes health and positive environments for youth, Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership (MAPP) recently recognized area retailers for passing the Vermont Department of Liquor control tobacco compliance checks. Retailers that pass the Vermont Department of Liquor Control compliance checks for Tobacco and Alcohol sales are partners in efforts to decrease youth substance misuse.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18. Retailers play a vital role in reducing youth access to tobacco products. MAPP engages in retailer recognition initiatives to celebrate the contributions of retailers in our community as we all work to reduce youth smoking rates. The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that there has been a decrease in the amount of Windsor County High School students reporting smoking a cigarette in the past 30 days from 12% in 2013 to 10% in 2015.
Retailer Recognition certificates were presented to the following retailers: BG’s Market in Hartland, Taftsville Country Store in Taftsville, Woodstock Beverage in Woodstock, Cumberland Farms in Windsor, Rite Aid in Windsor, Price Chopper in Windsor, and Dollar General in Windsor, and Downers Corner Store in Perkinsville.
Adult smoking rates across the state of Vermont continue to hover around 16%-17%. Nationwide, many adults start their tobacco free journey in November of each year. On the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. The date of the event encourages smokers to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting, even for 1 day, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
For more information on setting up a quit plan, especially around the Great American Smokeout, contact Samantha at 802-674-7089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.