Tobacco reduction resources

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 7, September 2010, page(s) 369 Pulsimeter
Gayl Sarbit, MEd

UBC recently launched two new tobac­co reduction resources for pregnant and postpartum women and expectant and new fathers who smoke: Couples and Smoking: What You Need to Know When You are Pregnant and The Right Time… The Right Reasons… Dads Talk about Reducing and Quitting Smoking. 

Based on findings from the Families Controlling and Eliminating Tobacco (FACET) research program led by Dr Joan Bottorff (UBC Okanagan) and Dr John Oliffe (UBC Vancouver), developed in collaboration with health care providers and community partners, and supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, these booklets feature innovative approaches to tobacco reduction.

Couples and Smoking: What You Need to Know When You are Pregnant is both women-centred and couple-oriented. Unlike standard smoking-cessation resources, this booklet situates women’s smoking reduction in the context of realistic everyday interactions and relationships with intimate partners. 

Identifying and understanding couple tobacco-related interaction patterns (TRIPs) is an important first step for women en route to changing their smoking behaviors.

The Right Time… The Right Reasons… Dads Talk about Reducing and Quitting Smoking is geared to new and expectant fathers who want to become smoke-free, and fills a gap in available resources to assist men in their tobacco reduction and quit efforts. 

The booklet is written in a style that features “dads talking with dads” as opposed to “experts talking to dads” and is based on the real-life thoughts and experiences of dads who have quit or are currently trying to quit smoking. Links to free smoking-cessation services in BC are listed in the pamphlet.

To view and download PDF versions of these booklets, please visit www.facet.ubc.ca. If you would like to order print versions or receive further information, e-mail Dr Gayl Sarbit, FACET Knowledge Broker, at gayl.sarbit@ubc.ca.
—Gayl Sarbit, MEd, PhD
UBC Okanagan

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