January is National Radon Action Month.  Radon is an environmental hazard known to increase the risk of cancer.  It is a radioactive gas caused by the breakdown of soil and rocks that can seep up through the ground under homes and buildings.  It is also the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after tobacco.

Radon has no smell, taste, or color, which means that the only way of knowing if it is present is to test for it.  Free testing kits are available from the Department of Health Radon Program by calling (800) 439-8550 (toll-free in VT) or by e-mailing radon@vermont.gov.

Learn more about radon here

Radon in Your Home, Vermont Department of Health

Explore Vermont Data, Environmental Public Health Tracking.  Select Radon, Smoking, Lung Cancer from the dropdown

Radon, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Radon and Cancer, National Cancer Institute

Read below for information on the Vermont Cancer Plan goal and strategies specific to reducing radon exposure in Vermont

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Radon Awareness and the Vermont Cancer Plan