Media Advisory: Launch of first Canadian website to teach nurses how to counsel smokers

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
(RNAO) is launching a new website that highlights the key role nurses play in
helping people quit smoking. The website gives nurses proven methods for
discussing smoking habits.
    "Our goal is to have every single nurse in the province ask people if
they smoke. This website will give nurses the evidence and information they
need to advise, counsel and coach smokers to help them quit," says Tazim
Virani, program manager of the RNAO's Best Practice Guidelines Program.
    The new website,, received funding from the
Ministry of Health Promotion, Smoke Free Ontario (SFO) and is being launched
at the RNAO's International Conference on Evidence-Based Best Practice
Guidelines in Markham on June 6, 2007. The website promotes the best practices
outlined in 'Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice', an
RNAO guideline developed by a panel of nursing experts. In addition to the
website, a number of other smoking cessation resources - including a video,
pocket guide and poster - will be launched.

    WHAT:     Launch of, a new website for nurses.

    WHERE:    Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Centre and Spa
              8500 Warden Ave., Markham, Ontario
              Ballrooms 4 and 5, Conference Level

    WHEN:     Wednesday, June 6, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    WHO:      Nurse experts who use evidence-based best practices to help
              people quit smoking.

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario is the professional
association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has
lobbied 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 serve.

For further information:

For further information: Jill-Marie Burke, Media Relations Coordinator,
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Work phone: (416) 408-5606, Mobile
phone: (647) 504-4008, Toll-free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.250, E-mail:

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