The legal age to purchase, use, or possess tobacco products is 21+ in Vermont

On September 1st 2019, the State of Vermont raised the minimum legal age for possession, purchase, and use of tobacco products to 21 years old. This extends to the Middlebury College campus and includes tobacco products, substitutes, paraphernalia, and nicotine delivery systems--including electronic cigarettes.

The College supports this legislation for a number of reasons. The younger people are, the more likely they are to become addicted to nicotine; moreover, 99% of tobacco users start smoking before the age of 26 according to the U.S. Surgeon General. It can take a nicotine dependent adult an average of upwards of 12 attempts to successfully quit electronic or traditional cigarettes.

This policy change impacts some more than others.

Have questions about resouces for students on campus?

Email:

Contact Kevin Kareckas at kkareckas@middlebury.edu.

In person:

Set up a meeting with a Middlebury College health and wellness educator at your convienence by using this link. This is a great option to learn about campus resources, in person, in a comfortable conversational format.

802Quits

This program from the State of Vermont provides free information, support, and guidance over the phone, online, and in person.

Freshstart

Middlebury College now offers the Freshstart program. Freshstart is the American Cancer Society’s group‐based tobacco cessation counseling program. The program is designed to help participants stop smoking by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings, and group support. Contact Kevin Kareckas (kkareckas@middlebury.edu) for more information.

 

When we reference tobacco on this website, we are referring to commercial, for-profit tobacco that is produced for recreational and habitual use and not the sacred and traditional tobacco that may be used for ceremonial or medicinal purposes by some communities.