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Let’s Work Together – Online Learning Opportunities

Excellent resources to expand your knowledge on tobacco control, tobacco and vaping product use education and prevention, smoking cessation, and smoke-free environment policies are offered below.

NBATC Webinars and Podcasts

Be Part of The Wellness Movement with a Smoke-Free Campus! The NBATC Can Help! – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2019

Presentation encouraging New Brunswick campuses to adopt comprehensive 100% smoke-free environment policies.

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New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy and Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Strategy Promotion Webinar Series

In our ongoing series to promote New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy, the NBATC has created a convenient infographic for our partners in the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPAC) sector with details on the connection between healthy eating and physical activity and tobacco use. The goal of this strategy promotion series is to help partners feel empowered to integrate this strategy into their individual work plans and to help achieve the Strategy’s vision of a tobacco and smoke-free province for all while generating discussions that promote a better understanding of the Strategy itself.
This new resource can be shared with a variety of groups demonstrating how a healthy lifestyle that includes smoke-free environments, healthy eating and regular physical activity, can positively affect tobacco use rates.

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New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy and Mental Health

The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) is pleased to provide a presentation on the relationship between New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy 2019-2023 and mental health. The NBATC will be providing a series of webinars to present this Strategy to its stakeholders and partners showcasing additions and updates which reflects the current tobacco landscape, pinpoint specific goals and objectives that partners can work on to help achieve the Strategy’s vision of a tobacco and smoke-free province for all, and generate discussions to help participants better understand the Strategy and feel empowered to integrate it into their work plan.

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Podcast: “Tobacco and Heart Health” – NBATC, Heart & Stroke Foundation NB and HEPAC – 2018

The NBATC and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of NB talk about the effects of tobacco on your heart’s health as well as what you can do to promote tobacco-free living in New Brunswick during this Healthy Eating and Physical Coalition (HEPAC) special Q&A podcast commemorating World No Tobacco Day 2018.

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Webinar: “Implementing a Smoke-Free Policy on Post-Secondary Campuses” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2018

With Heather McCully, Health Promotion Specialist, City of Hamilton. Heather supported McMaster University’s groundbreaking 100% Tobacco & Smoke-Free Policy as well as the policy process at Hamilton’s other campuses. 

Additional mentioned resources:

Student-led Evaluation of the McMaster University Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy (online) 

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Webinar: “Mise en oeuvre d’une politique sans fumée sur les campus d’établissements postsecondaires” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2018 (AVAILABLE ONLY IN FRENCH)

With François Boutot, CCNB Edmundston Campus Director. The CCNB Edmundston campus is the first post-secondary institution campus in New Brunswick to implement a 100% smoke-free environment policy.

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Webinar: “Breathing Easy: Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Spaces and Events in New Brunswick” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2016

With Nina van der Pluijm, Senior Program and Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick Department of Health. This webinar explainѕ the recent addition of many outdoor public spaces to the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act, as well as tools and reѕourceѕ communities can use to promote outdoor ѕmoke-free ѕpaceѕ and eventѕ.

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Webinar: “Electronic Cigarette Use Among Quebec High School Students”- New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition -2015

With Annie Montreuil, PhD, public health researcher at Institut national de santé publique du Québec.  This study is one of the first allowing an estimate of the use of electronic cigarettes among youth in Quebec, students from grades 6 to 11. Data shows that the awareness of electronic cigarettes is high among students. More than one third (34%) of high school students in Quebec have tried electronic cigarettes and 6% have used them in the past 30 days, proportions that are higher than those found in the United States.

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Webinar: “Learn to Run for Smokers” – New Brunѕwick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2015

With Brigitte Ouellette, Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator at Vitalité Health Network. Brigitte describes the highly successful Learn to Run for Smokers program implemented in the Acadian Peninsula which has helped many smokers quit smoking by training to run a 5k.

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Webinar: “Smoking Cessation and the Workplace” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2015

With Louiѕe Chenier, Workplace Health and Wellness Research with the Leadership and Human Resources Research Division of The Conference Board of Canada. Webinar discusses new research that explores smoking in the workplace, including why employers have a role to play in an integrated approach to smoking cessation programs. Explores barriers that employers face when trying to introduce or implement smoking cessation programs and showcases strategies that have made some organizations successful in reducing the number of employees who smoke. The session highlights recommendations to help guide employers to develop evidence-based smoking cessation programs in the workplace.

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Webinar: “We Do Not Smoke But Some of Us Are More Susceptible than Others: A Multilevel Analysis of a Sample of Canadian Youth in Grades 9 to 12.” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2015

With Dr. Susan Kaai. Smoking susceptibility has been found to be a strong predictor of experimental smoking. This paper examined which student- and school-level factors differentiated susceptible never smokers from non-susceptible never smokers among a nationally representative sample of Canadian students in grades 9 to 12.

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Other Webinarѕ

Webinar: Tobacco Retail Availability and Incentive Programs

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 3:00pm to 4:15pm EST

The convenience store remains a key location for tobacco companies’ marketing strategies. In recent years, tobacco manufacturers have developed contractual obligations and promotional incentives which reward retailers for meeting sales targets and punish them for failing to do so. Quebec is one of the few jurisdictions to try to restrain the reward programs. Meanwhile, the ubiquity of these outlets allows the companies to benefit from the impact of wide availability.

This webinar will provide reports on incentive programs used by tobacco companies in Australia, Quebec and other parts of Canada, and on ways to measure the impact of availability on smokers’ quit attempts. The goal is to provide insight into how tobacco companies approach retailers and to generate discussion about ways that public health could respond.

This webinar is available in English only.

Presenters will include:

  • Christina Watts: Friends with benefits’: unmasking the ties between Australian retailers and Big Tobacco
  • Flory Doucas: Tobacco retail incentive programs and the Quebec experience
  • Michael Chaiton: The effect of widescale tobacco retail availability on smoking cessation

Webinars – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Listen to recently recorded Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) webinars on a variety of topics.


Other Podcaѕts

Podcast Archives – Q&A – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Coalition

A popular podcast series featuring a variety of wellness subjects of interest to New Brunswickers.

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Podcast: “The Importance of Best Practices for Successful Smoking Cessation” – The BEAT – Latest in Heart Health and Cardiovascular Care and Research – University of Ottawa Heart Institute – 2016

With the goal of highlighting recent advances in treatments to aid smoking cessation, as well as pointing out persistent myths about cessation that might be preventing doctors from providing the most effective tools to their patients, Dr. Reid and his colleagues at the Heart Institute of the University of Ottawa published the first review of smoking cessation treatment in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in over a decade.

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Podcast: “Why It Is Never Too Late to Quit Smoking” – – 2017

In this podcast, Dr. Anthony Alberg notes that quitting smoking is not easy and yet it is something that all people who have been diagnosed with cancer should strive to do because of the health benefits.

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Online Courses

5th ANNUAL FORUM on Nicotine Addiction Adapting to Changes in the Approach to Nicotine Addiction

June 3, 2021
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Vitalité Health Network employees may register via iTacit.
Other health professionals can register at

The forum is for health professionals and community partners working with patients living with nicotine addiction.
It will allow them to acquire new knowledge and skills to better support those patients.

Main themes: : Evolution of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation, vaping, cytisine, nicotine addiction, reducing to quit, approach to
nicotine addiction in the virtual world, approach to adopt with young people and addiction, option to participate in the OMSC on a voluntary basis, and
the CONNECT project of Vitalité Health Network.

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Indigenous Populations and New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy 

The prevalence of smoking among Indigenous peoples is approximately 2 to 5 times higher than among non-Indigenous Canadians1. In New Brunswick, almost twice as many Indigenous youth (in grades 6 to 12) identify as daily smokers compared to non-Indigenous youth (9% versus 5%)2.

Cessation resources for use of commercial tobacco products and not cessation of traditional or sacred tobacco used by some First Nations, Metis or Inuit people can be found by exploring NBATC’s Quit Smoking – Indigenous webpage. The NBATC is committed to promoting New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy which aims to address groups with higher than average use rates by promoting education on prevention and cessation supports.

To learn more about leading practices in First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis smoking cessation resources click here. These resources serve to provide the following:

  • Alignment of existing smoking cessation programs with Canadian evidence-based guidelines
  • Information about culturally appropriate smoking cessation services, including quitlines and strategies implemented by province and territory
  • Smoking cessation programs developed by, with and for First Nations, Inuit and Métis by province and territory

The NBATC is open to partnering with other groups or organizations that have similar priorities around prevention and cessation for Indigenous populations.

1. Canada, Health. “Canada’s Tobacco Strategy.”, 2018, healthy-living/canada-tobacco-strategy/overview-canada-tobacco-strategy-eng.pdf.
2. Health Council, NB. (2019). Student Wellness Survey, 2018-2019- Results for Aboriginal Indigenous Students. Retrieved from

Integrating Tobacco Interventions Into Daily Practice – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

This module will provide nurses and other health-care providers with the foundational knowledge to start engaging with their clients who use tobacco to help them quit, as well as reduce or manage their withdrawal symptoms.

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Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals Helping Clients Quit Smoking – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Nurses and other healthcare professionals have many opportunities to help people address their smoking habits.

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Nurses and Other Health Professionals Who Smoke -– Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Nurses and other health professionals who smoke may feel conflicted because of intimate knowledge and experience with the consequences of smoking. This course aims to help nurses who smoke feel comfortable discussing the benefits of smoking cessation with their clients.

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Quit Continuing Education – Canadian Pharmacists Association

Across Canada, provinces are enhancing pharmacists’ scopes of practice to include prescribing smoking cessation medications, offering reimbursement for professional services and even providing free smoking cessation products to patients. The time has never been better to ramp up your knowledge and skills in the area of smoking cessation.

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Supporting Pre- and Postnatal Women and Their Families Who Use Tobacco – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

This course addresses the special considerations that need to be taken into account when providing smoking cessation assistance to pre- and postnatal women and their families. Topics include: the risks of smoking while pregnant, harm reduction approaches, applying intensive interventions using a woman-centred approach, nicotine replacement therapy for pregnant women and relapse.

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Tobacco and Health: From Cells to Society – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

This graduate-level course is offered via webinar to students across Canada through the Graduate Department of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of tobacco and tobacco-related issues from a public health perspective.

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Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Comprehensive and evidence-based online course on tobacco control for public health professionals and others working in tobacco control that provides the opportunity for self-study in major areas of tobacco control: cessation, protection, prevention, and evaluation.


Tobacco Use and Cessation with Youth and Young Adults in Canada – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Discusses key concepts regarding tobacco use by youth and young adults, such as prevalence rates, motivations for tobacco use and cessation, and specific tobacco interventions for this population. Additionally, this course provides you with the foundational information needed to design and execute tobacco cessation programming that effectively engages youth and young adults.


Working to Reduce Commercial Tobacco Use in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities in Ontario – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

This course addresses the special considerations that need to be taken into account when nurses and other healthcare providers are working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis clients to assist them in reducing their commercial tobacco use. This course aims to provide culturally appropriate smoking cessation interventions that can be used with clients who smoke.

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