Reports and Research

Data Comparisons:
From the Inuit Knowledge Centre (IKC) website –
Blue Light Campaign Data Comparison for Nunavik:
Blue Light Campaign Data Comparison for Nunavut:

New Research:
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 >

Canadian Smoking Cessation Guideline:
All guidelines
Aboriginal Peoples’ guideline
Pregnant women’s and breastfeeding guideline

New Literature Review:
Review of Tobacco Reduction Literature, Resources, and Promising Practices for the Inuit Tobacco-free Network
Inuit Tuttarvingat of the NAHO, December 2011

Recent Report:
Smoke Stories: Quit clips by Inuit youth
Video Screening Contest Report
Inuit Tuttarvingat of the NAHO, August 2011

Recent Research:
Prenatal cigarette smoke exposure: Effects on offspring
Published online March 14, 2011 – Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-being: Marie D. Cornelius & Natacha de Genna
Research Results:
The evidence is clear about PCSE’s causal effects on neonatal morbidity and mortality,(7) and its effects on neurobehaviour is a recent focus in the infancy literature. PCSE is associated with infant irritability, inattention, decreased response to inanimate auditory stimuli,(8) increased hypertonicity(9) and more problematic temperament.(10) Key et al.(11) found that PCSE infants discriminated fewer syllables and processed them more slowly than non-exposed infants. Similarly, Golub and colleagues(12) demonstrated that exposed nonhuman primates showed less novelty preference in visual recognition.… Continue reading →

Tobacco consumption during pregnancy and its association with psychosocial child development

Published online February 18, 2011 (2nd rev. ed.) – Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-being
Patricia Brennan

There is a growing body of literature suggesting that maternal tobacco consumption during pregnancy is associated with negative child behavioural outcomes.(1-5) Given the fact that more than half of the women who smoke cigarettes will continue to do so during pregnancy,(6) these tobacco–behavioural linkages may have far-reaching implications for development and mental health in children. Continue reading …


Changing the ‘Culture of Smoking’ Project:
Changing the Culture of Smoking project update
National Indian and Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization and Consultancy for Alternative Education, December 2011.
This update reports on the news from the activities in Aklavik, NWT from June until November 2011. Along with lots of pictures, topics include: Tobacco quizzes for Halloween (to help educate kids and adults on tobacco and second-hand smoke); Sessions in school; Collecting quitting stories;  and, Smoke-free pond hockey.
Update Dec. 2010
Update Nov. 2010
National Indian and Inuit Community Health Representatives Org. and Consultancy for Alternative Education, 2007-2013

First Nations, Inuit and Métis: Respiratory Health Initiatives Environmental Scan
(Report) (Poster Presentation)
NAHO 2011

(Updated – October 2010) What Works in Reducing Tobacco Use in Indigenous Communities? A Summary of Promising Practices for Inuit
Other dialects/languages available: Nunavut syllabics, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, and French.
Inuit Tuttarvingat of the NAHO, 2010

Nunavut finds no iron-clad fix for anemia

Nunatsiaq News, Nov. 16, 2010

Maternal and Infant Health and the Physical Environment of First Nations and Inuit Communities: A Summary Review
Prepared for Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence and the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, April 2009

Smoking Among Inuit In Canada: Findings from the 2006 Aboriginal Peoples Survey
Statistics Canada, Heather Tait, March 2009
Inuktitut version

Assessing and Reducing Second-hand Smoke Exposure in Aklavik Homes

Project Overview posted on: Nasivvik, 2009

Canadian Inuit Have Top Rate of Lung Cancer
The Globe and Mail
, March 31, 2009

Cancer in Circumpolar Populations

International Journal of Circumpolar Health
; 2008, 67(5): 393-488

Cancer Among the Circumpolar Inuit, 1989-2003: patterns and trends

Circumpolar Inuit Cancer Review Working Group et al. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 2008 Dec; 67(5):408-20.

Inuit and Cancer Discussion Paper – See p. 5

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, September 2008
Inuktitut version

Inuit Statistical Profile: 2008 – See pp. 5-6

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, 2008

Distance Education for Inuit Smoking Counsellors in Canada: a case report

Hammond M, Rennie C, and Dickson J.
International Journal of Circumpolar Health
, 2007 Sep; 66(4):284-6.

Towards Effective Tobacco Control in First Nations and Inuit Communities

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, March 2007

Respiratory Tract Infections in Inuit Children: Set Thine House in Order

Orr, PH, Canadian Medical Association Journal • July 17, 2007; 177 (2).

Qanuippitaa? How Are We? Tobacco Use

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services; Catherine Plaziac, 2007


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