Revised January 2006
This kit provides tools to lobby federal and provincial governments on tobacco legislation and control, and to promote tobacco control initiatives within the community. It includes:
RNAO supports tobacco control initiatives within the province and at the national level as part of our mandate to advocate for healthy public policy. This includes support on the practice side through RNAO’s best practice guideline on smoking cessation Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice,1 through its e-learning program Helping People Quit Smoking,2 and through its Health Education Fact Sheet Deciding to Quit Smoking.3 RNAO also supports tobacco control through its advocacy work.
RNs play a leadership role in empowering Ontarians to achieve and maintain their optimal health. RNs do this on the tobacco front through practice and advocacy. Through advocacy, RNs will save lives, prevent illness and promote the overall health of Canadians. Our clinical expertise and political action skills put us in a unique position to put these strategies to work.
The Ontario and federal governments have taken a number of positive steps:
The improved policy environment means that RNs must now prepare to help the increased number of clients seeking help with smoking cessation. It also shifts the focus of RN advocacy to maintaining the momentum of recent legislative gains, court decisions and government commitments. RNs must remain vigilant about all dimensions of tobacco control – the total package is essential – but there is a particular need to address: tobacco taxes and price; advertising and information disclosure; and supports for smoking cessation.
We hope that this kit helps you enhance the health of Ontarians by assisting you in promoting effective tobacco control strategies and lobbying for strong tobacco legislation.