Aboriginal Youth Tobacco Cessation Project

Since late 2009, the NAFC has been working on a Youth Tobacco Cessation Project, funded by Health Canada. This project has primarily been focussed on developing a new and improved youth tobacco cessation toolkit aimed at helping urban Aboriginal youth and their peers to quit smoking and chewing tobacco habits. The development of the toolkit is based on updating and improving a previous toolkit that the NAFC developed in 2005 - Everyone Loves a Quitter: Tobacco Cessation Toolkit. After consultations with a number of youth, recommendations were made to revamp the 2005 toolkit. A Steering Committee provides advice and oversight to this project.

The draft versions of both of these resources were pilot tested at several Friendship Centres across Canada by trained facilitators during the fall/winter of 2010. As part of the tobacco cessation project, the NAFC also hosted a one day policy dialogue session related to federal and international tobacco control policies. Approximately 20 stakeholders from the Friendship Centre Movement and other National Aboriginal Organizations participated in the discussions. A report from this session can be viewed in the Youth Tobacco Cessation Toolkit and Guide tab.

The new toolkit was developed for Aboriginal youth with Aboriginal youth input and involvement. The toolkit contains knowledge and information about tobacco; based on traditional Aboriginal perspectives.

The new toolkit is now posted on the NAFC website - Youth Tobbaco Cessation Toolkit and Guide, along with an accompanying facilitator’s guide. This guide is intended to help Friendship Centre workers facilitate youth tobacco cessation support groups and it complements the youth toolkit. For more information on the NAFC Youth Tobacco Cessation Project please contact NAFC Health Policy Analyst MaryAnn Notarianni at mnotarianni@nafc.ca or Telephone (613) 563-4844 ext. 338