MANTRA IN THE COMMUNITY Archives
Manitoba TEACH Reception
Despite the decline in smoking over recent years and a trend of youth choosing
to not take up the habit, there are still 187,000 Manitobans who smoke. Surveys
taken in recent years reveal that approximately 77% or 143,990 of these smokers
want to quit. The huge number of remaining smokers combined with the general
desire to quit, provides health professionals with a huge opportunity to save lives
and save money to the health care system by providing cessation counselling.
Generally, people think of cessation counselling as taking place in a clinical setting
between doctors or nurses and their clients but it is important that cessation
is addressed not only in medical clinics and hospitals but in community settings
Smoking affects so many areas of health that every health professional needs
to be concerned about its effects. Dentists, for example can speak to the oral health
problems created by smoking, optometrists can talk about potential eye problems,
pharmacists can engage people around products that deal with the physical addiction
of smoking, nurses can engage clients on the topic in a number of ways. Each health
professional will have a unique perspective on the benefits of quitting that can prompt
their patients to make a quit attempt.
Due to the great importance of promoting cessation training across the health
professional spectrum, MANTRA, the WRHA, the Province of Manitoba, Health
Sciences Centre and Dr. Annette Schultz Research Group were pleased to bring
in the acclaimed TEACH cessation training from Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health. In celebration of this course coming to Manitoba, and to help build
a community of practice around cessation, MANTRA and our partners hosted
a TEACH Manitoba reception on Wednesday, February 13 at the Helen Glass Centre
for Nursing at the University of Manitoba.
The evening was meant to emphasize inter-professional collaboration in cessation
counselling and attendees benefited from hearing from people belonging to a variety
of professional disciplines. The evening began with a program where attendees
heard from the various speakers followed by a wonderful evening conversing with
other players in tobacco reduction. People who came to the reception heard from
former TEACH participants and other members of Manitoba’s tobacco reduction
During the program, the chair of MANTRA’s board, Dr. Beverly Temple welcomed
everyone on behalf of MANTRA and introduced our speakers for the evening.
Margie Kvern and Kristine Petrasko from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
spoke about the TEACH training they had previously taken and the value that it added
to Margie’s work in tobacco reduction programming and Kristine’s work as a Regional
Margie and Kristine’s positive experiences with TEACH were reinforced by Nurse
Therapist Margaret Green and Anaesthesiologist Dr. Archie Benoit who also spoke
about how TEACH training helped them address smoking cessation with their patients.
Dr. Annette Schultz from the University of Manitoba presented to the group, focusing
on the importance of building and supporting a community of practice in cessation.
Dr. Ruby Grymonpre from the U of M then spoke of a vision for cessation training for
the future and the role that inter-professional education could play in the future
of cessation training.
It was exciting to see that there is growing interest around increasing cessation
training for health professionals as well as building a community of practice across
the health spectrum.
Stop Smoking Clinics held at Red River Ex
MANTRA was pleased to be a participant again in June 2012, at the GO4HEALTH
EXPO during the Red River Exhibition. Along with other partners, including WRHA,
Walmart and Loblaws Pharmacies, Johnson & Johnson and many other
organizations, Mantra participated to promote a tobacco-free day that we hope
will lead to tobacco reduction and cessation. As part of the activities, Nicotine
Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other resources were made available free
of charge to midway workers and patrons of the Ex. Over 100 people received
the NRT to aid them in their quit attempt.
MANTRA was pleased to work with Walmart once again this year as part of the
annual Healthopoly that ran this summer out of Walmart’s Empress Street location.
The Healthopoly is a fun way of promoting healthy living based on the famous
board game Monopoly. Customers visiting the store were encouraged to stop
at street themed stations and talk to organizations about various health and healthy
living issues. In turn, the participants received a ballot from the stations for draw
prizes. MANTRA participated as part of the smoking cessation informational booth.
The people who visited our station learned about various cessation programming
that was going on in the province and had the opportunity to take self-help materials
as well as receive a nicotine gum starter pack if they were hoping to quit smoking.
There was $1200 worth of draw prizes available for people who participated. The
event was well attended, with nearly 500 people taking it in.
Event organizer and Walmart pharmacist Roger Tam has worked with MANTRA
many times in the past, participating in Mantra’s Tobacco Awareness and Cessation
programming, Roger informs clients about the many excellent pharmaceutical
options that can help smokers quit. We are thankful to Roger and Walmart for
On the Road to a Tobacco-Free Manitoba
Provincial Consultation – Wednesday, May 16, 2012
On May 16, 2012, MANTRA and Manitoba Health and Healthy Living, Seniors and
Consumer Affairs jointly hosted a half day consultation meeting with government
and non-government agencies to explore what lies ahead on The Road to
a Tobacco-Free Manitoba. The 5 table topic discussions were as follows: Defining
a “Tobacco-Free Manitoba” with indicators for assessing progress; and Key
Strategies to achieve measurable progress towards a Tobacco-Free Manitoba
in the areas of “Protection” “Prevention”, “Cessation” and De-normalization”. The
information gathered will be written into a report for presentation to government.
MANTRA will keep you posted with more information as it becomes available.
Smoke-free Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDS) Workshop
Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ Norwood Hotel
On May 3, 2012, MANTRA and MB Lung Association co-hosted a 1-day workshop
to address the issues surrounding smoking and multi-unit dwellings. Guest
presenters, Pippa Beck and Melodie Tilson from the Non-Smoker’s Rights
Association were brought in from Ottawa to facilitate this event and bring some
attention to this issue.
The workshop was very well attended with 23 participants, representing many
different public and private sectors. This ranged from a landlord, 2 tenants,
a condo owner and a condo board member, and some property managers.
There was also representation from varying health sectors, including two RHAs,
Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba Housing and Mb Healthy
Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs. Beatrice Watson from the Human Rights
Commission and Ernie Gagnon from Residential Tenancies of Winnipeg spoke
to the participants on tenant/landlord rights and were available for questions as
well. There were very good participant discussions, and the information provided
was well received.
Media was invited to cover this event. CBC Radio interviewed Pippa on the 6:50am
morning show and CTV interviewed Pippa, as well as Ernie Gagnon from
Residential Tenancies and Kristin Bishop from Brydges Property Management,
which aired on the evening news.
The workshop had an evaluation component, where we received 20 evaluations
from the 23 participants. Of those, 12 rated the workshop overall as a 5 (excellent),
and 8 rated it a 4 (good). That’s an average of 4.6 out of 5, or 92%.
Overall, this event was well attended and MANTRA is very pleased with the outcome.