Advocates for a smoke-free British Columbia

Knowledge exchange webinars

Since 2001, we have hosted knowledge exchange meetings and opportunities for members of the tobacco control, research and health promotion communities to showcase their work.

Thanks to our partner organization, Heart and Stroke Foundation (B.C. & Yukon) for the use of their Webinar platform.

This website contains information on meetings held since 2012. For more info on any given session, please contact the speaker directly. Materials provided here are free for public use, but we ask that you please credit the speaker or the appropriate source.

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Tuesday, January 15 2019
(9am to 10am (PST))
Understanding Tobacco Point of Sale: Issues and Solutions


Since the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) and Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Prevention Control Act, tobacco point of sale, or the retail environment, has become the source of tobacco marketing and promotions. In this webinar, our guest speaker from Counter Tools, Justin Bailey, will cover four main reasons why tobacco point of sale matters for tobacco control and what some US communities are doing about it.  Join us!


Justin Bailey, MPH is Technology Operations Manager and Project Director at Counter Tools, a non-profit organization based in Carrboro, North Carolina. He studied Sociology at Brown University, then worked in HIV/AIDS prevention research in San Francisco. While studying for his MPH in Health Behavior at UNC Chapel Hill, he became interested in tobacco control policy and joined the original team that founded Counter Tools. At home, he enjoys being silly with his son and dabbling in music and photography.

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Thursday, December 13 2018
(9am to 10am (PST))
Tobacco Control Retail Reform: Case Studies from the USA


Tobacco use is impacted by the location of tobacco retailers and their advertising and sales practices. This presentation will provide an overview of evidence-based, tobacco retail strategies available in the U.S. and examples of communities that have implemented them. 


Maggie Mahoney, JD, Public Health Analyst, Carter Consulting, Inc., CDC Office on Smoking and Health. 

Maggie Mahoney is a policy analyst for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health. She provides subject matter expertise on tobacco control policy to inform local, state, and federal efforts; scientific publications; and communications to the public. Her areas of focus include federal regulations, governmental authority, and sales restrictions. Maggie was the recipient of the 2015 C. Everett Koop Unsung Heroes Award for her contributions in tobacco control.

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Thursday, June 07 2018
(9am to 10am (PST))
Lessons Learned by American States That Have Legalized Recreational Marijuana Sales


Since 2014, voters have approved the retail sales and adult use of marijuana in Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The Vermont legislature and DC voters have also legalized marijuana use, but not sales. Tobacco control programs may be impacted by marijuana legalization as states develop a regulated market and public health regulations.    Michael Tynan will join us to discuss implications of recreational marijuana laws for public health, with an emphasis on the impact on smoke-free policies and surveillance.


Michael Tynan is a public health analyst at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health.  Michael works with U.S. states and communities on tobacco control policy issues and is a subject matter expert on tobacco prices, smoke-free polices and point of sale policies.  Michael previously served as the Policy Officer with the Oregon Public Health Division where he worked on various public health issues, including development of public health administrative rules on marijuana.


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Friday, June 01 2018
(9am to 10am (PST))
2018 Smoke-Free Housing Survey – What does the public want regarding tobacco, cannabis and vaping smoke?

Click here to view the webinar presenting the results of second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing in BC. After you select the link, please enter your name and email, and click register. This will take you to the previously recorded webinar.


June is Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Month in BC! The Clean Air Coalition of BC commissioned an online survey of residents living in apartments and condos to measure exposure to second-hand tobacco and cannabis smoke in multi-unit housing complexes, as well as gauge public attitudes toward smoke-free multi-unit housing in BC. We also wanted to address the potential increase in second-hand cannabis smoke exposure rates given the upcoming cannabis legalization and its implications for residents, landlords and strata corporations. The survey was conducted by Insights West, a marketing research company. The results are statistically significant, with responses from over 800 British Columbians who live in multi-unit housing.


Daile MacDonald, Senior Research Manager at Insights West, has over nine years of experience working in the market research industry. Prior to working for Insights West, Daile was a Research Manager at Ipsos Reid where she was responsible for designing and managing a wide variety of research projects. Daile's tenure at Ipsos Reid began in the Vancouver Public Affairs department where she worked primarily with public sector clients and on research related to public policy issues. Daile has extensive experience in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including online and telephone surveys, custom panels, and focus groups. She has successfully worked with clients in the education, media, technology, retail, and energy sectors, as well as with municipalities and non-profit organizations.

Thursday, May 10 2018
(9AM to 10AM )
Second-hand Marijuana Smoke and Children: Are they actually being exposed?


Most people recognize that exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke causes harm to children; however with the increasing legalization of marijuana use in the US and Canada, more children will be exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke.  Early studies, such as that by Dr. Springer, have suggested that exposure has health implications, but there is still skepticism that children are being exposed.  We report on three small studies that have documented second-hand marijuana smoke exposure in pediatric populations.


Dr. Wilson is the Debra and Leon Black Professor and Division Chief of General Pediatrics, and the Vice-Chair for Clinical and Translational Research for the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount. Sinai. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, and a Master’s in Public Health, and MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester.  She completed her Pediatric Residency and Academic General Pediatric fellowship also at the University of Rochester.  Her primary research interests are in understanding the relationship between secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and severity of illness in children hospitalized for respiratory illness, and how to improve outcomes in hospitalized children.  Dr. Wilson has an R01 from NCI to study an inpatient parent smoking cessation intervention, and she is one of the Principal Investigators of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence.  She is also the Chair of the AAP’s Tobacco Consortium.  In addition, Dr. Wilson is Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Research Committee, and sits on their Board of Directors.  Dr. Wilson is also the Chair Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network Executive Council, and Deputy Editor of Hospital Pediatrics. 

Tuesday, April 24 2018
(9AM to 10AM)
Second-hand Smoke from Marijuana: The Return of a Familiar Problem


Thanks to several decades of effort by the tobacco control community, a large majority of the public is aware of the health risks of exposure to second-hand smoke from tobacco.  In contrast, many of the public assumes that marijuana second-hand smoke is benign, mostly because they mistake a lack of evidence of harm, for evidence of lack of harm.  We will discuss how the effects of marijuana second-hand smoke on blood vessels compare to that from tobacco, and the implications of these findings for public health policy.


Dr. Matthew L. Springer received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1992.  He did postdoctoral research at Stanford and continued his research there as a senior scientist until joining the UCSF faculty in 2003, where he is currently one of two non-clinicians on the faculty of the Division of Cardiology.  His research interests include cell and gene therapy for cardiovascular diseases, and how vascular function is impaired by second-hand smoke from tobacco and marijuana.  He is a member of UCSF’s FDA/CTP Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science and the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, and is on the Associate Editorial Board for the journal Tobacco Regulatory Science.    

Wednesday, March 07 2018
(10AM to 11AM)
Effectively Addressing Co-Occurring Nicotine Dependence and Marijuana Use


The risks of tobacco use are widely known, but we know far less about co-occurring marijuana and tobacco use. Legalization of recreational marijuana presents potential opportunities to more effectively treat multiple addictions, create cross-cutting policy, and provide integrated public health messaging. This presentation will encourage dialogue regarding what we know and don’t know about the intersection of nicotine dependence and marijuana use, and how integrated approaches might optimize care delivery and treatment outcomes.


Chad Morris, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 2006, he created the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program which is a multidisciplinary center of excellence for public policy, research, training, and clinical care. He has worked with over 40 U.S. states and internationally to foster sustainable whole health and tobacco control initiatives for priority populations.

Tuesday, February 20 2018
(9AM to 10AM)
Focusing on Indigenous fathers: A strength-based approach to support smoking cessation


Findings of a qualitative participatory study to inform the design and development of a stop smoking program for Indigenous fathers will be described. Information about the resulting 10 week program, web-based resources, and facilitator training program will be shared. Suggestions for community implementation will also be presented. 


Dr. Joan L. Bottorff is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, and Director of UBC’s Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention. Her research program focuses on development of gender-sensitive interventions to support cancer prevention and health promotion.

Dr. John L. Oliffe is a Professor and Associate Director Research at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia. Lead investigator of UBC’s Men’s Health Research program, his work focuses on masculinities as it influences men’s health behaviors and illness management, and its impact on partners, families and overall life quality.

Dr. Gayl Sarbit is a Knowledge Broker at the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna. She is an experienced educator with a MEd and PhD in educational leadership. Her current research activities focus on men’s health promotion in the areas of smoking cessation, healthy eating, and active living.

Tuesday, November 28 2017
(9AM to 10AM)
Tobacco Taxation: Is the Industry Undermining Public Health Policy?


Canada’s largest tobacco manufacturers have done away with the middleman and distribute their products directly to retailers. This has given manufacturers greater leverage over retailers, meaning only those that do as they are told (through contracts and programs) can sell tobacco at competitive prices or sell certain selected brands.  Through retailing agreements, prizes and other programs, manufacturers make retailers carry out their price segmentation strategy, with discount brands often selling several dollars less than premium brands.

The Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control and Physicians for a Smoke-free Canada have documented and exposed the various programs and pricing schemes that Canada’s large manufacturers are using in Quebec. These pricing practices have enabled cigarette manufacturers to finely modulate prices over time and differentiate them from one neighbourhood to the other.  By maintaining prices artificially low and by playing with the timing of prices increases, cigarette manufacturers can continue to offer cheap cigarettes to the most price-sensitive smokers and soften the shock that tax increases would otherwise have. Both tactics undermine tobacco tax policy as well as the beneficial health impacts they are meant to produce.

Les Hagen will be presenting on tobacco affordability across Canada and tobacco industry efforts to fight tobacco tax increases.  Les will also discuss how low tobacco taxes contribute to health inequities and earmarking tobacco tax revenues for tobacco control activities.


Flory Doucas has been the Co-Director and spokesperson with the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control for the past 8 years and has been in tobacco control since 2004. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Health from the Université de Montréal. While she began her career in tobacco control as a one-year maternity contract, her early work with the late Heather Crowe, a remarkable woman, motivated and inspired her remain in tobacco control.

Les Hagen is the Executive Director of Action on Smoking and Health and he is a veteran tobacco control advocate.  Les is also an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health where he teaches a graduate course on public health advocacy. Les has contributed to a number of tobacco control victories in Alberta and Canada including the new national ban on menthol cigarettes. He has received a number of awards over the years including a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada.

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