Provide community-based tobacco prevention programs
How to implement
- Plan and develop community initiatives and programs to:
- Educate young people, the general public, decision-makers and other stakeholders on the burden and health effects of tobacco use and the importance of prevention and cessation.1
- Mobilize and build the capacity of young people and other key stakeholders to create smoke-free communities.1, 2
Tip: Plan community workshops and education sessions to facilitate public discussion on tobacco-related health issues.1
Through AlbertaQuits, Alberta Health Services has developed a number of Learning Materials and Videos to support tobacco prevention and reduction, such as a series of learning videos featuring anti-tobacco advocate Barb Tarbox.
- Incorporate youth-targeted tobacco education in school curricula in tandem with public programming.3, 4
- Consider offering in-class or informal interventions that are led by trained peer leaders.4
- Provide school teachers with the training and resources necessary to provide tobacco education to students.4
Developed by AlbertaQuits, the Academy for Tobacco Prevention is a school-based resource for Grade 4, 5 and 6 classrooms in Alberta. This resource was designed to educate and engage students on the harms of tobacco use and the importance of never using tobacco products.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Best practices for comprehensive tobacco control programs. Washington (DC): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2014. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/best_practices/pdfs/2014/comprehensive.pdf.
- Community Preventive Services Task Force. Reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure: worksite-based incentives and competitions when implemented alone. CDC community guide. Washington (DC): CDC; 2014. Available from: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/sites/default/files/assets/Tobacco-Incentives-Competitions-Increase-Smoking-Cessation-Among-Workers-Alone.pdf.
- Harvey J, Chadi N. Preventing smoking in children and adolescents: recommendations for practice and policy. J Paediatr Child Health. 2016;21(4):209. Available from: https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/preventing-smoking
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Smoking prevention in schools. NICE guideline. London: NICE; 2010. Available from: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph23