TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - When nurses intervene, smokers quit. That's the
message the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) wants to
spread when National Non-Smoking Week (January 16 - 22, 2011) gets
underway next week.
"Smoking is one of the most important public health threats of our time.
We know that 37,000 deaths a year in Canada are linked to tobacco use.
Research shows that reaching out to people is one of the most important
steps in determining a smoker's willingness to quit," explains Irmajean
Bajnok, an RN and Director of RNAO's Best Practice Guidelines (BPG)
program in Toronto.
"Nurses who spend as little as three minutes having conversations with
smokers about quitting can make a difference," says Bajnok adding
arming nurses with the best available evidence from the RNAO's Smoking
Cessation BPG is the key to reducing smoking rates.
"Nurses are often the first and most frequent point of contact with
patients," says Justine Navarro, a registered nurse who is leading the
RNAO's National Smoking Cessation Initiative. "We are in the community,
in hospitals, in people's homes, and we focus both on illness care and
health promotion. We're trusted health-care professionals and if you
want to quit, we can help."
Since 2007, RNAO has been enlisting Ontario nurses to meet the
challenge. In the fall of 2010, the program was launched nationwide
with funding from Health Canada. RNAO held more than a dozen workshops
across the country, preparing nurses and other health- care
professionals as 'Champions' in smoking cessation. "We have built, and
are continuing to build, a strong and thriving network of nurses who
are integrating proven smoking cessation strategies and techniques into
their daily practice," adds Navarro.
Navarro says RNAO is using National Non-Smoking Week to set the stage
for the expansion of its effort to use nurses to reach even more
smokers in Ontario and help them kick the habit.
Who: Justine Navarro, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario and
Catherine Clark, Toronto Public Health
What: Media conference to announce expansion of RNAO's Smoking Cessation
When: Monday, January 17, 2011 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Novotel, 3 Park Avenue (Yonge Street & Sheppard Avenue) North
York (Gibson Ballroom)
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO
has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing
practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care
system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they
Nurses experienced in smoking cessation interventions are also available
for interviews. Since its creation, the Ontario-based SC project has
trained 560 nurses in evidence-based smoking cessation interventions
and 540 across Canada. Media are welcome to attend the Toronto workshop
or any of the other workshops taking place across Ontario.
Provincial Smoking Cessation Initiative Workshop Locations & Dates:
Windsor: January 20-21 - Windsor Holiday Inn & Suites (Ambassador Bridge
Windsor, 1855 Huron Church Road, Windsor)
Barrie: January 24 - Barrie Holiday Inn (Barrie Hotel and Conference
Centre, 20 Fairview Road, Barrie)
Peterborough: January 28 - Peterborough Holiday Inn (Peterborough
Waterfront, 150 George Street, Peterborough)
Dryden: February 2 - The Dryden Regional Health Centre (58 Goodall
Ottawa: February 11 - Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre (300 Des
Peres-Blanc Avenue, Ottawa)
Hamilton: February 23 - Liuna Gardens (526 Winona Road, North, Street
SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
For further information:
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RNAO Director of Communications
647-406-5605 (cellular) 416-408-5605 (office)
RNAO Project Assistant
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