2021 Vermont Legislative Priorities

Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Vermont families touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease. In 2020, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will work with the Governor and the Vermont Legislature in support of the following priorities:

Reducing the Toll of Tobacco

  • End the sale of flavored tobacco products: ACS CAN supports ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including mint/menthol. Flavored tobacco is a marketing weapon. More than 80% of teens who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product. More


  • Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding: ACS CAN will work to protect funding of tobacco prevention and cessation programs at $3.8 million in order to prevent Vermont youth from starting to smoke and to help current Vermonters who smoke to quit. More


Healthy Eating and Active Living

  • Healthy Eating:  ACS CAN will work to ensure that restaurant meals marketed to Vermont kids meet minimum nutrition standards including the ensuring that a healthy beverage (water, 100% juice or milk) is the default beverage offered as part of kid’s meals and kid’s menus. More