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Get Reel Contest Results

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Get Reel is a contest where students in grades 6 – 12 in all 3 northern territories make their own short anti tobacco ads. It is a new addition to this year’s Smoke Screening program. To see ads from all three territories, please visit http://www.facebook.com/Smokescreening.GetReel and here for NWT Get Reel winners.
Also, the Smoke Screening Program gives students a chance to view 12 of the best tobacco education ads from around the world, and then select the one they feel is the most effective to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco in the first place or convince them to quit if they are already using it. Students vote on ballot forms that are counted across all 3 territories. The winning ad this year is EmphysemaClick here for more info.

Data comparisons

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From the Inuit Knowledge Centre (IKC) website:

Blue Light Campaign Data Comparison for Nunavik: http://www.inuitknowledge.ca/content/blue-light-campaign-results-nunavik

-Blue Light Campaign Data Comparison for Nunavut: http://www.inuitknowledge.ca/content/blue-light-campaign-results-nunavut

News Clip

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NunatsiaqOnLine – NEWS: Nunavut February 25, 2012 – 6:26 am –
GN expects tobacco sales to drop with new tax hike – But territory’s last tobacco tax increase did not lower smoking rates – SARAH ROGERS.

Retailers across Nunavut hiked the price of cigarettes by $1 a pack Feb. 24, to account for the GN’s new tobacco tax hike. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Retailers across Nunavut hiked the price of cigarettes by $1 a pack Feb. 24, to account for the GN’s new tobacco tax hike. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

Nunavut MLAs approved a tobacco tax increase in the legislature this week that raised the price of cigarettes across the territory as of Feb. 24.

Smokers started paying $1 a package more for packs of 25 pre-made cigarettes, and an additional four cents a gram for loose tobacco. Read more —>

Call for Papers on Inuit Health – extended to April 30, 2012

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Call For Papers – Inuit Health Research and Community Innovations – The National Aboriginal Health Organization is calling for papers to be considered for publication in the fall 2012 issue of the Journal of Aboriginal Health. This issue will be devoted to Inuit health and wellness in its broadest sense. Authors may explore this theme in relation to one or more of the following topics.

Research Articles (standard journal article format, maximum 5,000 words):

• Health research concerning Inuit, including studies on determinants of health.
• Community-based research.
• Articles by Inuit post-secondary students.
• Promising practices and models in addressing Inuit research ethics, academic-community collaborations and effective knowledge translation.

Community Stories (narrative and/or photo descriptions, 500 – 2,000 words):

• Experiences in collaboration with research projects.
• Best practices in community-researcher relationships.
• Initiatives and programs that have applied research evidence to solving a community problem.

Book Reviews (of a recent publication that contributes important knowledge, maximum 500 words):

• Research methodology, ethics and techniques.
• Guides to community-based research.
• Indigenous and/or Inuit knowledge.

Complete manuscripts suitable for peer review are now due by April 30, 2012. Please refer to the Journal’s submission guidelines. Authors will be notified of their acceptance on or before June 30, 2012 via e-mail to the person designated as the corresponding author or contact for the submission.

For more information, please visit the Journal’s website or contact:

Cathleen Knotsch, Senior Research Officer, cknotsch@naho.ca or
Mary Ashoona Bergin, Community Liaison Officer, mbergin@naho.ca

Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1200
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
Toll Free: 1-877-602-4445

Download the Call for Papers

News Article

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Nunatsiaq News: Peterson tables “sensible” Nunavut budget Feb. 22: GN hits smokers with $1 a pack tax hike effective Feb. 24 by Jim Bell – updated 6:00 p.m., Feb. 22, 2012 –

Nunavut’s finance minister, Keith Peterson, tabled what he called a “cautious, sensible” budget in the Nunavut legislature Feb. 22, projecting a small surplus of $37.7 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year. …
This means the GN has yet to figure out a way to fix its big “infrastructure deficit,” estimated at about $6 billion for the entire territory.
In one measure, expected to raise about $3 million, the GN will hit smokers with hikes in the tobacco tax, which take effect Feb. 24.
For pre-made cigarettes, the tax will rise by four cents a cigarette, or $1 a pack for packages of 25.
This means the retail price of a pack of cigarettes in Iqaluit will rise to about $16.25 a pack and above $20 in some smaller communities.
For loose tobacco, the tax will rise from 14 cents a gram to 20 cents a gram.
Peterson, speaking to reporters at the end of the budget lockup, said the GN will use at least some of this money to continue smoking cessation programs beyond this March.
“Most smokers would like to quit smoking if they could,” Peterson said. …

Nunavik’s Annual Quit to Win

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Kuujjuaq, February 20, 2012 – The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) is continuing its efforts to help smokers quit smoking. Once again, this year the “Stay Quit to Win” Challenge will begin on March 1, 2012, and end on April 11, 2012, for a total of six weeks. >>>Press Release

Research Article

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Public Health Nutr. 2012 Jan 24:1-8. [Epub ahead of print] Dietary adequacy and dietary quality of Inuit in the Canadian Arctic who smoke and the potential implications for chronic disease. Rittmueller SE, Roache C, Sharma S. SOURCE: Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, 1-126 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1, Canada. Abstract: OBJECTIVE – To compare dietary intake and quality among adult Inuit by smoking status. Read more >


News Article

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Nunatsiaq News: Nunavut January 23, 2012 – 2:30 pm – GN takes aim at Nunavut’s $42-million-a-year killer “We must talk openly about tobacco”The Government of Nunavut kicked off an anti-smoking campaign called “Tobacco has no place here” with a country food feast at Iqaluit’s Inuksuk High School Jan. 21.

The Iqaluit event also featured a video address from Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak and musician Etulu Aningmiuq. Read more >

Smokers’ Helpline

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Smokers’ Helpline – Toll-free 1(877)513-5333 by the Canadian Cancer Society and Smoke Free Ontario has proven tips and tools to help you quit successfully. For free, personalized and non-judgmental support, advice and information connect to quit today. Read more …


Spit Tobacco Info

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Alberta Health Services: What is spit tobacco? Spit tobacco is a mixture of tobacco, nicotine, sweeteners, abrasives, salts and chemicals. Spit tobacco comes in two basic forms:

  • Chew is a leafy tobacco sold in pouches. Plug tobacco, which is sold in brick form, is also a form of chew.
  • Snuff is finely ground tobacco in powder form that is sold in small tins. Some people sniff it, but the more commonly used form is moist snuff, which is held between the cheek and gum.
  • Read more …
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