Meeting the Needs of Female Clients
An Evaluation of Women's Experiences at the Nicotine Dependence Clinic
Research has found that there are many barriers to smoking cessation that are unique to women. There is also evidence to suggest that even though women make more quit attempts than men, they still have lower smoking quit rates. Therefore, the Nicotine Dependence Clinic decided to talk to female clients and find out whether the services offered were meeting their needs.
Overall, female clients were happy with the services they received at the Nicotine Dependence Clinic.
Clinic Experience – Women highlighted that the clinic uses a flexible client-centred approach that can be tailored individually to meet their specific needs. It was also raised that the non-judgemental, understanding atmosphere at the clinic is important to female clients.
Clinic Services – Female clients were very happy with the services, in particular the group sessions. They liked the education focus of the groups but thought there were a number of topics that could be covered to make the topics specific to the needs of women.
Accessibility – It was difficult for some women to access the clinic with 9 am-5 pm, Monday to Friday hours and it was suggested that adding childcare could be an important factor to improve accessibility for women.
More detailed results and recommendations will be presented at the Toronto Ontario Public Health Convention on April 2nd.
The TEACH Project
Since the beginning of the TEACH Project in 2006, TEACH has trained over 5, 000 health care practitioners Canada-wide. With Canada's diverse population, the TEACH Project has had the opportunity to offer smoking cessation training that many describe as a truly innovative educational initiative.
This past year, the TEACH Project offered the online core course, Comprehensive Skills on Smoking Cessation: Essential Skills and Strategies, twice, in March 2013 and in October 2013. This online courses expand accessibility and allows health care practitioners the opportunity to complete the course on their own time. These online courses apply constructivist pedagogy by shifting from teacher-centred, didactic instruction to student-centred applied learning.
Expanding on the launch of the online core course, the TEACH Project will be launching its first online specialty course, Tobacco Interventions for Patients with Mental Illness and/or Addictions, in May 2014. The launch of this specialty course provides health care practitioners the opportunity to complete all the requirements of their University of Toronto Certificate online.
If you are interested in applying for a TEACH course, please visit the TEACH Project or contact: email@example.com
This fall starts the seventh round of STOP on the Road, where Public Health Units partner with STOP to deliver smoking cessation workshops across Ontario. To view a list of scheduled workshops and for more information, please visit the STOP Program website and click on the STOP on the Road link on the left side bar.
Through partnerships with 133 Family Health Teams, 46 Community Health Centres, and 14 Addictions Agencies, STOP has provided smoking cessation treatment to over 27,000 Ontario residents (as of September 2013). STOP is also partnering with Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centres to design an approach to treatment delivery that builds on Indigenous methods of community engagement.
STOP welcomes Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres, and Addictions Agencies not currently participating to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org - it's not too late to participate!
New in Tobacco News
Ontario Ban on Candy Flavoured Tobacco Products
In November 2013, it was announced that Ontario would be following Alberta’s lead to ban the sale of all candy-flavoured tobacco products. Currently, the sale of these fruit-flavoured cigarillos and other flavoured tobacco products is restricted and is not to be sold to anyone under the age of 18. This new legislation will now ban the sale of any candy flavoured products including cigarillos, cigars, and chewing tobacco flavours to anyone. The only exception will be menthol-flavoured products.
This Ontario legislation has been put in place to prevent youth from becoming addicted to tobacco since many youth begin smoking with cigarillos that taste like chocolate and cherry.
Other amendments that have been proposed include an increased fine for those who sell tobacco products to children, clarifying that promotional products are prohibited for sale, and additional measures to ensure illegal products do not remain on store shelves.
Toronto Increases Smoke-Free Areas
Toronto has introduced a new by-law that will require those who smoke to butt out near building entrances, public squares, beaches, and sport fields. Those who smoke near these areas face a fine of $300 for not obeying the by-law.