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Introduction: A pesticide is any substance intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest.1 The public generally believes that insects, diseases, and other pests need to be controlled but is also becoming concerned about the impact of pesticides on their health and the local ecosystem. Pesticide exposure occurs with public and private use. Studies indicate consumers have diverse levels of awareness, knowledge, and attitudes regarding pesticide use and health risks.2 The goal of this project is to identify levels of awareness, knowledge, and attitudes toward pesticide usage in Vermont to help State agencies focus public awareness and education.


Jan Carney, MD, MPH, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Razelle Hoffman-Contois, MS, Vermont Department of Health

Heidi Hales, PhD, Vermont Department of Health

Linda Boccuzzo, MS, Vermont Department of Health


Vermont Department of Health - Environmental Health


Environmental Health, Health Communication and Health Information Technology


Presented at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo, Denver, CO, November 2, 2015.

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Public Perception of Pesticide Exposure in Vermont