Publications: Tobacco

Fact Sheets on Sex and Gender Related Factors for Five Substances

Five fact sheets present information about sex and gender related factors for alcohol, opioids, cannabis, methamphetamines, and tobacco/nicotine.

Sex, Gender and Alcohol

Sex, Gender and Opioids

Sex, Gender and Cannabis

Sex, Gender, Nicotine and Tobacco

Sex, Gender and Methamphetamines


Doorways to Conversation: Brief Intervention on Substance Use with Girls and Women

Because substance use has wide-ranging effects on many different aspects of life, service providers across a range of health care and social service settings can have an important role in addressing the potential harms of substance use and improving overall health. This resource focuses on brief intervention with girls and women in the preconception and perinatal period. Service providers from a range of backgrounds will find it relevant to their practice.

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Brief Intervention on Substance Use with Girls and Women: 50 Ideas for Dialogue, Skill Building, and Empowerment

Brief interventions are collaborative conversations between an individual and a health care or social service provider about a health issue. This resource focuses on brief intervention on substance use with girls and women in the preconception and perinatal period in addressing the potential harms of substance use and improving girls’ and women’s overall health.

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Sex, Gender and Tobacco

A resource for service providers and program planners, this info sheet describes sex- and gender-based factors impacting tobacco use and treatments. Examples of gender-transformative approaches are featured.

It is one of several resources developed as part of the Trauma/Gender/Substance Use (TGS) project made possible by funding from Health Canada. The views in this resource do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada. Revised February 2018.

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Women and Tobacco

This resource was developed through the support of the Education and Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and reviewed by experts from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Canada FASD Research Network. Updated September 2017 .

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Women and Tobacco: A Casebook

WomenandTobaccoCasebook -coverThis casebook is intended for a range of audiences and can be used in a number of ways. Health and social service providers looking for ways to expand their practices or to gain a stronger understanding of women and tobacco issues will find an introduction to better and promising practices for working with women. Program planners and community organizations will find resources and ideas for addressing the impact of tobacco on girls and women in their individual contexts. Students, researchers, decision makers, and policy makers new to the field of tobacco or who are interested in learning more about applying a gender analysis to tobacco control will find a range of practical examples.
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Liberation! Helping Women Quit Smoking: A Brief Tobacco-Intervention Guide

Cristine Urquhart, Frances Jasiura, Nancy Poole, Tasnim Nathoo and Lorraine Greaves
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2012

This guide offers support to service providers in diverse contexts (e.g. within transition houses, community mental health teams, or primary health care) to start a conversation with women about their smoking and the possibility of quitting.

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Careful measures: An exploration of the sex and gender dimensions of a deprivation index

Careful MeasuresEditors: M.J. Haworth-Brockman, H. Isfeld, A. Pederson, B. Clow, A. Liwander and B.A. Kinniburgh
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

This project explored the opportunities for and the limitations of one deprivation index to represent the different experiences of men and of women in Canada by conducting SGBA of the indicators included in the index and calculating the index by sex using Statistics Canada’s Census data for Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax. Our purpose was to examine the gendered dimensions of the indicators included in the index and the potential implications of its application by sex for addressing health disparities.

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Expecting to Quit: A Best-Practices Review of Smoking Cessation Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Girls and Women

Expecting to Quit 2nd edition 1Lorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole, Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli, Natalie Hemsing, Annie Qu, Lauren Bialystok and Renée O’Leary; British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

This revised edition reviews research and intervention development in the years since the first edition was published in 2003. It reflects recent emerging interventions and better practices with a variety of groups of pregnant and postpartum women, with an added section on high-risk populations of pregnant smokers.

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Le renoncement au tabac et la grossesse: Un examen des pratiques exemplaires de renoncement au tabac conçues pour les filles et les femmes pendant la grossesse et la période postnatale

ETQ 2nd edition_French coverLorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole, Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli, Natalie Hemsing, Annie Qu, Lauren Bialystok et Renée O’Leary; British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

Ce rapport examine les interventions conçues pour réduire ou éliminer le tabagisme durant la grossesse. Pour ce qui est des recherches sur les interventions ayant été publiées avant 2003, la méthodologie des « pratiques exemplaires » établie par Moyer, Cameron, Garcia et Maule (2002, p. 124) a été retenue. Pour celles qui ont été publiées après 2003, la méthodologie de l’examen systématique élaborée par le National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2006) du Royaume-Uni a été utilisée.

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Research Summary: Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions Into Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Violence Services

Research Summary-Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions Into Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Violence Services British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

Between April 2010 and March 2011, researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, in collaboration with community partners, conducted a study on the feasibility of integrating tobacco treatment and support within mental health, addictions and sexual violence services, in a gender informed way.

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Hearing the Perspectives of Aboriginal Girls on Smoking

Hearing Perspectives Aboriginal Girls Smoking cvr British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2009

In partnership with six Aboriginal communities in BC we recently conducted a qualitative study on smoking by Aboriginal adolescent girls. Findings shed light on how age, gender, culture and context intersect to shape Aboriginal girls’ experiences of smoking.

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Couples and Smoking: What You Need to Know When You are Pregnant

Couples and Smoking - coverThis is a self-help booklet for pregnant women who smoke. In this booklet you will learn how routines, habits, and ways of interacting with your partner influence smoking. Understanding how smoking is influenced by others and everyday routines is an important first step in changing smoking behaviours.

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No Gift: Tobacco Policy and Aboriginal People in Canada

No Gift cvr Debbie Pearce, Deborah Schwartz and Lorraine Greaves, 2008

This discussion paper examines issues related to tobacco control policy, taxation, and legislation as they affect Aboriginal women and men in British Columbia, and identifies potentially differential impacts when gender differences are taken into account. Gender was used as a lens to examine three issues critical to nature of women’s work.

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Pasando pagina: Mujeres, tabaco, y el futuro

Turning a new leaf-spanishLorraine Greaves, Natasha Jategaonkar and Sara Sanchez, 2006

El presente informe, Pasando página: Mujeres, tabaco y el futuro, facilita una perspectiva muy necesaria del consumo de tabaco entre mujeres de distintos contextos sociales, identifica los efectos para la salud que tiene el tabaco y describe el papel de la mujer en su producción y comercialización. También proporciona una directriz para evaluar y afrontar las cuestiones de género del control del tabaquismo en las políticas, programas e investigaciones y reducir los devastadores efectos que tiene el tabaco sobre las mujeres.

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Pour tourner la page: les femmes, le tabac et l’avenir

Tourner la pageLorraine Greaves, Natasha Jategaonkar and Sara Sanchez, 2006

Le présent rapport, Pour tourner la page – Les femmes, le tabac et l’avenir, brosse un portrait de l’utilisation du tabac par les femmes dans différents contextes sociaux, détermine les effets du tabac sur la santé et décrit le rôle des femmes dans la production et la mise en marché du tabac. En outre, il trace des lignes directrices pour évaluer et résoudre les questions spécifiques au sexe liées à la lutte contre le tabagisme dans les politiques, les programmes et la recherche.

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Reducing Harm: A Better Practices Review of Tobacco Policy and Vulnerable Populations

Reducing Harm cvr Lorraine Greaves, Joy Johnson, Joan Bottorff, Susan Kirkland, Natasha Jategaonkar, Melissa McGowan, Lucy McCullogh and Lupin Battersby, 2006

This report reviews evidence of the effectiveness of three aspects of tobacco control policy on diverse groups of males and females particularly vulnerable to smoking: Aboriginal and individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Turning a New Leaf: Women, Tobacco, and the Future

Turning a New LeafLorraine Greaves, Natasha Jategaonkar and Sara Sanchez, 2006

This report provides a much-needed picture of women’s tobacco use in different social contexts, identifies the health effects of tobacco, and describes women’s role in tobacco production and marketing. It also provides direction on assessing and addressing the gendered issues of tobacco control in policy, programming, and research in order to reduce the devastating effects of tobacco on women.

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Teenage Girls and Smoking: A Research Agenda – Workshop Report

Teenage Girls and Smoking Research Agenda cvrLorraine Greaves and Renée Cormier, 2001

This report documents the outcomes of a BCCEWH-hosted workshop funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The report outlines the current knowledge on smoking in adolescent girls, gaps in knowledge, and key priorities needing to be addressed in any research program investigating tobacco use in girls.

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Filtered Policy: Women and Tobacco in Canada

Filtered Policy cvrLorraine Greaves, Victoria J. Barr, with the collaboration of the Women and Tobacco Working Group, 2000

This paper develops a gendered analysis of tobacco policy, contextualized in the national and international tobacco control and reduction movement, and identifies women-centred policy directions to reduce women’s tobacco use.

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Une politique “filtrée”: les femmes et le tabagisme au Canada

Politique-filtreeLorraine Greaves et Victoria J. Barr; en collaboration avec le Groupe de travail sur les femmes et le tabagisme, 2000

Le présent document décrit ces questions et ces tendances et définit les éléments propres au sexe biologique et au sexe social qui, au Canada, ont des incidences sur le tabagisme chez les femmes. Il est essentiel, en particulier, d’analyser le niveau de revenu, les responsabilités concernant les soins à prodiguer aux enfants et la nature du travail des femmes pour comprendre les effets selon le sexe des politiques de lutte contre le tabagisme. Nous examinons les mesures de réglementation du tabac et nous appliquons une « analyse comparative entre les sexes » à plusieurs d’entre elles, dont l’emballage des produits du tabac et la restriction de l’usage du tabac.

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