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Strategies for Supporting Smoking Cessation Among Indigenous Fathers: Results of a Participatory Design Project

Monday October 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET

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Co-Host: This webinar is co-hosted by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan campus.​​​  The in person event is being held at the UBC Okanagan campus in the Reichwald Health Science Centre - Room RHS 257 LT.  If you would like to attend this event in person, please RSVP with Jacquetta Benard at

With few exceptions, men are more likely to be smoking than women, ​a pattern that also prevails among Indigenous communities. Although multi-faceted cessation interventions have been developed to reduce tobacco use among Indigenous people, as well as to support cessation among Indigenous women during pregnancy, no programs have been specifically designed for Indigenous men or fathers. There is evidence suggesting that fatherhood provides an important opportunity for engaging men in smoking cessation. In this project, consultations with Indigenous fathers and key stakeholders were used to develop a novel, culturally sensitive smoking cessation program for Indigenous fathers. ​
You will learn:
  • How potential knowledge users can be engaged in co-design of a health promotion program.
  • How the findings from consultations with Indigenous fathers and stakeholders have been used to develop a smoking cessation program for fathers.  ​

Take home messages:
  • High rates of tobacco use have been directly linked to poor health and lower life expectancy in Indigenous populations. Supporting fathers smoking cessation will benefit men’s health and provide smoke free homes for children.
  •  Indigenous fathers are interested in male-led, father-friendly programs to support them in being positive role models and to promote the wellbeing of their children.
  • Dads in Gear Indigenous is a new group program that integrates smoking cessation, fathering, and physical activity while providing peer support, education and skill building in culturally sensitive ways. 
  • Dads in Gear Indigenous offers a promising way to mobilize men’s interest in smoking cessation as fathers, recognize the assets that fathers bring to the lives of children, families and communities; and address the systematic marginalization of fathers in many community programs. ​

​Joan L. Bottorff, PhD

Professor and Director, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, University of British Columbia, Okanagan 

Dr. Joan Bottorff is a Professor in the School of Nursing, and Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Her research program focuses on health promotion and health behaviour change in the context of cancer prevention. Current projects center on men’s health promotion, and developing gender sensitive tobacco reduction interventions. 

John L. Oliffe, PhD

Professor and Founder of the UBC Men’s Health Research program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus 

Dr. John Oliffe is a Professor and Associate Director Research at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia. His internationally recognized research is focused on gender and health, particularly men’s health in the context of smoking cessation, psychosocial prostate cancer care and male depression and suicide prevention.  ​

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