The toolkit is for all non-treaty communities of Quebec who are working to control tobacco.


This kit aims to support communities in the development and implementation of a comprehensive tobacco control project. It provides communities with practical and easy to use tools.

The kit does not replace the tobacco control expertise developed by communities. These competencies must be the foundation for developing a tobacco control project that meets the needs and realities of each community and that builds on the initiatives already in place.


The design of the toolkit is based on recognized effective tobacco control practices, in accordance with the First Nations and Inuit component of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS) of Health Canada.

The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) will provide support for the development and implementation of tobacco control projects for communities that wish such assistance, by offering, among other kinds of support, the toolkit. The FNQLHSSC has selected the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Estrie — CHUS (CSSS-IUGS) as a partner in the development of the kit. The latter has particular expertise, including in the development and implementation of tools and training. Moreover, they also piloted, at the request of the Ministère de la Santé et des services sociaux, an approach aimed at enhancing the training of counselors for smoking cessation centers and the iQuitnow helpline.



The tools in the kit were selected or developed based on best practices in tobacco control. The tools that specifically addressed the First Nations were prioritized. Finally, their accessibility and usability were also considered.




What's in the kit?

The toolkit consists of 6 sections. Each corresponds to a key criterion of the FTCS, including:

  1. Protection: protect against the effects of smoking
  2. Reduction: reduce access to tobacco products
  3. Prevention: prevent smoking
  4. Education: education about tobacco control
  5. Cessation: encourage and support smoking cessation
  6. Evaluation: collect data and monitor tobacco control activities implemented in the community

Each section has a number of tools. It is possible to use a single tool to meet more than one criterion. Some tools in the kit can be used in tandem, while others are used alone.


How does the toolkit respond to the needs of First Nations communities?

Data was collected in a number of communities to better understand what tools were needed to control tobacco. Their responses have helped guide the selection of the tools in the kit.

What are the steps to follow?

  1. Identify and appoint a project leader in the community (e.g., an intervener from the health center)
  2. Convene all actors likely to be involved in tobacco control in the community (e.g., the Council, health center, schools, youth centers, community organizations, etc.) for a mobilization meeting.
  • Construct a portrait of the situation and identify issues in the community.
  • Determine what actions and activities will be undertaken under the project submitted by the community.
    • What will be the targeted clientele and locations
    • Who will be the organizers and collaborators for each action?
  • Consult the FNQLHSSC tobacco control toolkit for inspiration or to choose which tools to use.
  • Determine who (e.g., a committee, a specific person) will monitor the action plan (an already existing body or create one).

3. Fill out the implementation plan (Appendix B) and the funding form and establish an action plan.

Do not hesitate to request support from Geneviève Voyer, project officer at the FNQLHSSC. She can support you in the development and implementation of your project.

4.  Start your actions and activities.




Tobacco-free public Places

  • Courses of action to adopt a Policy for Tobacco-free public places
  • Survey - Tobacco-free public places to be conducted with the members of the community
  • Example of a municipal regulation for Tobacco-free public places
  • Model Tobacco-free public places policy 
  • Examples of posters for Tobacco-free public places


Tobacco-free homes and cars

  • Guide for protecting your family from second-hand smoke - Steps to take to have a tobacco-free home and car
  • Brochure Live free of second-hand smoke - Tips for home, car, worl and outdoors
  • How to organize a Blue Light campaign - Steps to take to promote Tobacco-free homes
  • Be a careful and responsible smoker! Rules of conduct to publicize
  • Posters to be installed in strategic locations in the community or to give to community members


  • As parents, you can take action! Brochure to educate parents in their trole in Tobacco control in relation to their children.
  • How to teach parents who smoke to talk about smoking with their children
  • Responsible tobacco retailers guide summary of the retailers kit and support for retailers
  • Trousse du détaillant (french only)
  • Quebec Tobacco Act

Communication tools

  • Guide for conducting a radio interview
  • Examples of messages to disseminate in the media
  • Model communication plan

Smoking prevention

  • Action steps for organizing a contest - The steps tp take and examples
  • Ideas for smoking prevention activities
  • Action guidelines for athletic caoches to help them play their role in the fight against youth smoking
  • Ideas for activities on traditional Tobacco including videos
  • Warning on electronic cigarettes
  • Educational material on the dangers of smoking to order
  • Directory of smoking prevention resources   

 Promotion for healthy lifestyles

  • Examples of acivities in Aboriginal communities in Québec promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Take the Bull by the Horns! Guide supporting the communities
  • Let's get moving! First Nations inspired Daily Physical Activities (DPA) for the integration of physical activity in school and community programs
  • Inni Meshkenu project - Where is Stanley? Teaching material promoting Abriginal identity and healthy lifestyles
  • Nutrition videos - Eight workshops promoting healthy eating habits
  • Directory of healthy lifestyles resources 


  • The Youth Coalition Against Smoking - Program to mobilize secondary school student against smoking
  • Stay Smoke-free and Healthy - Activity guide to educate First Nations youth to the harmful effects of smoking (paper version available)
  • Tobacco Has No Place Here Teachers Resource Guide courtesy of the Government of Nunavut teachers - Guide to smoking prevention activities



  • Medical support for quitting smoking grid for doctors and nurses
  • Smoking cessation practices guide for health professionals in First Nations health centers
  • Adressing Smoking with Women and Their Families Stratégies for in-Home Support Services
  • Healing from Smoking - Self-teaching guide (Part 1Part 2 - Part 3)
  • Action steps for organizing a local - I Quit, I Win contest
  • Cessation resources leaflet
  • Directory of smoking cessation resources
  • How to use nicotine replacement therapies (NRT)


  • Model plan of action
  • Survey on second-hand smoke in houses
  • Survey on the smoking situation of secondary school student
  • Survey on the smoking situation in the community