Everybody, including Native Americans and others in groups with higher tobacco burden, needs to be supported in not starting to smoke commercial tobacco and quitting if they do smoke. These strategies are part of CDC’s Comprehensive Best Practices for Tobacco Control Programs. Combined with recommendations from these best practices, the health equity guide and the Community Guide, prevention and treatment should be promoted, accessible and effective for everyone.
In 2018 the Vermont Tobacco Control Program (TCP) added a new protocol to its tobacco cessation Quitline tailored to Native Americans. A key part of this protocol is that it focuses on reduction in tobacco use instead of complete cessation in respect for the traditional or ceremonial use of tobacco in Native American culture.
In partnership with programs within the department, the TCP is engaging in relationship building with the state-recognized tribes in Vermont and will be promoting the Quitline protocol as advised by tribal members.