Second Hand Smoke

 

Past program

Secondhand Smoke Summit July 18th, 2009

 

You are invited to the final summit on second hand smoke which has been scheduled to take place at the International Institute of Minnesota on Saturday July 18th, 2009 from 10am to 3pm.

The event wraps up all activities pertaining to the second hand smoke research that began in January 2008. During the summit, both MAWA and representatives from Wilder Research will deliver all findings from the research. In addition, information will be provided on how smoke and second hand smoke affects African women and girls in the Twin Cities. In addition, there will be opportunity to brainstorm ways at which secondhand smoke can be dispelled from this community and group.

Dr, Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic is the keynote speaker at the event. He will talk about ways at which tobacco becomes addictive. Dr. Hurt is knowledgeable about this topic and will shed light into aspects of smoke and second hand smoke that many may not be well-informed about.

You do not want to miss this event. Food will be provided. Bring your family and friends to this educative event.

Please RSVP for the event before July 15th 2009 at mawa.health@yahoo.com or call (612) 588-7666

Second Hand Smoke Summit
International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
July 18, 2009
10am-3pm

 

Finally, attendee will have the opportunity to purchase unique African artifacts. Many of which include beautiful hand crafted dolls, handmade pillows, African jewelries and more.

Exhibitors and vendors are welcome.

Exhibitors and Vendors

Take advantage of this unique and exciting opportunity to reach a diverse audience. Over 100 participants expected at the:

African Women Second Hand Smoke Summit
Addressing effects of second hand smoke exposure amongst African-born women and girls in the Twin Cities

Saturday, July 18th, 2009
10am-3pm
Venue: International institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

The MN African Women's Association (MAWA) and her collaborators present the African Women Second Hand Smoke Summit

This will be a wonderful opportunity to reach our attendees from in the health, social work, education and the New Americans in our community.

Tabletop spaces available for exhibits and vending. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot immediately. Set up begins at 9am. For reservations, fees and additional information contact:

Bola Adediran
Health Coordinator
mawa.health@yahoo.com
(612) 588-7666

Or

Nyango Melissa Nambangi
Executive Director-MAWA
Mawa0302@yahoo.com
(612) 588-7666
Fax: (612) 588-7972

Other Updates

Second Smoke Research Update as of April 20, 2009

We have come a long way and we are now in the final stages of the project. In efforts to discover the extent at which African-born women, girls and children within the Twin Cities are affected by second hand smoke, MAWA and her collaborators conducted a second hand smoke research. The research findings will be used to raise awareness in the African immigrant community on the harmful effects of tobacco exposure among women, girls and children.

In efforts to collect information on the issue, the research was segmented into several stages. MAWA has completed four focus group discussions with African girls ages 14 through 18, interviews with 10 prominent African women in the community and a "Mid-Research Summit".

In addition to the above collection method, MAWA has successfully completed over 275 surveys of African women and girls in the metro area. The survey was a quantitative method of gathering additional information about African women and girl's exposure to second hand smoke.

Analysis of the survey is being completed by our partners at Wilder Research and findings will be revealed at the "Final Research Summit" in July. At the summit, we will debrief all findings and brainstorm ways to dispel second hand smoke exposure in the African Community. The summit will take place July 18, 2009 at a location soon to be announced. In addition to the important information that would be shared about second hand smoke during the summit, entertainment, food and other refreshments will be provided, as well as the opportunity to network.

Continue to check the website for further updates on the summit. If you have any questions, contact the Health Coordinator at mawa.health@yahoo.com or (612) 588-7666

Project Overview

 

Second-hand Smoke Research Project

MAWA, in collaboration with Wilder Research, is conducting a research project sponsored by ClearWay Minnesota on secondhand smoke exposure among African-born women, girls and children within the Twin Cities. The purpose of this study is to learn the extent to which this group may be exposed to secondhand smoke. The research findings will be used to raise awareness in the African immigrant communities on the harmful effects of tobacco exposure among women, girls and children. This research will also begin efforts to dispel that exposure. 

We will conduct four focus groups with African girls, ages 14 through 18 years of age and ten key informant interviews with African women leaders. Our goal is to learn about their experiences, knowledge and understanding of tobacco control messages on secondhand smoke. We will also identify beliefs, cultural norms, and anything that has prohibited them from protecting themselves against the harms of secondhand smoke exposure.

There will be protection of human subject, privacy acts, and a stipend to each participant. This project will enhance our knowledge on eliminating tobacco related disparities and raise awareness in African immigrant communities about the risks of secondhand smoke among women, girls, and children of each focus group.

The geographic focus of this project is the Twin Cities Metro area where African immigrants and refugee populations are concentrated.

International research indicates an increase in smoking rates among African people. Although men are much more likely to smoke than women, it is still a growing problem because they smoke in social settings and the rate seems to be climbing for immigrants that settle in Minnesota.

Additional Updates

Second Smoke Breakfast Event

You are invited to
The Minnesota African Woman's Association's
Breakfast Launch on Secondhand Smoke Survey

Saturday, February 7th, 2009
9 a.m. - 1p.m.
Brian Coyle 
420 S. 15th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

MAWA, in partnership with Wilder Research, is doing a study on secondhand smoke exposure among African women, girls and children living in the Twin Cities Metro Area. The study is sponsored by ClearWay Minnesota and aims to learn the extent to which this particular group may be exposed to secondhand smoke. It also aims to raise awareness in African communities to the harms of tobacco exposure and ultimately begin efforts to dispel exposure.

This particular event is focused on collecting information in form of survey from African Women in the Twin Cities. The information gathered will enable MAWA and her partners determine the extent of Tobacco exposure within this group and gather suggested techniques to eradicate such exposure.

Hearty breakfast will be provided and entertainment will be non-stop. Bring your family and friends to this fun filled & educational event

We hope to see you there!

Summary of November 15th 2008 Summit

With sponsorship of ClearWay Minnesota and collaborative efforts of Minnesota African Women Association and Wilder Research, the First Annual Second Hand Smoke Summit was a huge success. Over 80 African women and girls from St. Paul, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis attended the summit which convened on November 15, 2008 at Augsburg College.

The attendees were educated on the numerous health effects of smoking and second hand smoke. They were equally impressed to learn of third hand smoke effects from a brilliant presentation done by Kristin Dillon, a research analyst with Wilder Research. She also gave a summary of the general findings from our research. Some of the women expressed their frustration with getting their apartment building management to take steps to curb the smoking that goes on in the community rooms, laundry room, etc., in their apartment buildings where some members smoke in spite of the "No Smoking" rule. They asked for MAWA staff help in making their apartment management take action against those tenants who continue to smoke in these common "no smoking" areas. MAWA assigned someone to follow up on the matter.

In preparation for the event, MAWA partnered with Wilder research to study secondhand smoke exposure among African women, girls and children living in the Twin Cities metro area. MAWA successfully completed informational interviews with 10 women from different African communities. In addition, MAWA and Wilder completed four focus group discussions with teenage African girls from prominent African communities in the Twin Cities. The discussions aimed to collect information about secondhand smoke in their individual communities.

With the information gathered from the interviews and focus groups, MAWA and Wilder Research learned the extent to which different African communities are exposed to secondhand smoke and consequently organized this summit specifically to inform participants of our findings.

Thus, the main purpose of the summit was to summarize findings from our research and help raise awareness of the devastating effects of second hand smoke. Out of many significant findings, we particularly found that Shisha (fruit-flavored tobacco smoked using a water pipe) is an increasing form of smoking in some of the African Communities. Also noteworthy was the fact that the majority of young African teenage girls are well informed on the harms of second-hand smoke and stand up to people who smoke, asking them to not smoke around them or simply moving away from people who are smoking. Many mentioned breaking off friendships with their peers who began smoking.

To help in the effort to raise awareness and shed more light on our findings, a prominent and well-versed leader from the Somali Community, Binti Abuker, gave a presentation on the subject of Shisha. She particularly advised that the smoke from Shisha is equally as dangerous as smoking cigarette, in spite of its deceitful fruit and other flavors that makes it appeal to women as well.

Also, a short documentary was shown on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke especially when children are exposed to it. To further drive the point home on the harms of smoking shisha, 12 young members of our African Girls Initiative for Leadership & Empowerment, AGILE, program, acted a short play written by MAWA's Health Coordinator, Bola Adediran.

Other activities at this summit included a panel of African women talking on how secondhand smoke is affecting their communities and offering their opinions on how to create greater awareness in various African communities on the harms of second-hand smoke.

Besides the educational skit, the AGILE girls, led by their coordinator and facilitators, LaBelle Nambangi, Hani Hussein and Margretta Getaweh, brought in other forms of entertainment, giving the event a real African flavor: they performed two African dances and put on an African fashion show.

African Women's Second-Hand Smoke Summit

Where: Augsburg College, MN
When: Saturday, November 15, 2008
10am - 3pm

MAWA, in collaboration with Wilder Research, is in the process of conducting a research project sponsored by ClearWay Minnesota on secondhand smoke exposure among African-born women, girls and children within the Twin Cities. The purpose of this study is to learn the extent to which this group may be exposed to secondhand smoke. The research findings will be used to raise awareness in the African immigrant communities on the harmful effects of tobacco exposure among women, girls and children. This research will also begin efforts to dispel that exposure. MAWA and the Wilder team will present the major themes from the focus groups and key informant interviews at this summit.

Speakers include Dr. Sandi Pierce and Thalia Cooper from Wilder Research providing insight onto the effects of Secondhand Smoke and how and why tobacco becomes addictive.

Highlights: Food, entertainment, networking opportunity, and more

Exhibitors and vendors are welcome. Space is limited to the first 100, so please reserve your spot immediately. For reservations, exhibitor fees and additional information contact Bola Adediran- Health Coordinator or Nyango Melissa Nambangi Executive Director-MAWA Mawa0302@yahoo.com

For more information email the Second-Hand Smoke outreach coordinator at mawa.health@yahoo.com

Exhibitors and Vendors

Take advantage of this unique and exciting opportunity to reach a diverse audience. Over 100 participants expected at the:

African Women Second Hand Smoke Summit 
Addressing effects of second hand smoke exposure amongst African-born women and girls in the Twin Cities

Saturday, November 15th, 2008
10AM-3PM
Venue: Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave Minneapolis, 55454

The MN African Women's Association (MAWA) and her collaborators present the African Women Second Hand Smoke Summit

This will be a wonderful opportunity to reach our attendees from in the health, social work, education and the New Americans in our community.

Tabletop spaces available for exhibits and vending. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot immediately. Set up begins at 9am. For reservations, fees and additional information contact:

Bola Adediran
Health Coordinator
mawa.health@yahoo.com
(612) 588-7666

Or

Nyango Melissa Nambangi
Executive Director-MAWA
Mawa0302@yahoo.com
(612) 588-7666
Fax: (612) 588-7972

Second Smoke Research Update as of September 30, 2008

We have completed ten interviews with African women leaders in the community. And all interviews have been transcribed and analyzed.

We have obtained IRB approval for the focus group discussion with African girls, ages 14 through 18 years. Actual discussion will commence shortly.

The Secondhand Smoke Summit is scheduled for November 15, 2008 at Augsburg College; please see information below for details:

African Women Secondhand Smoke Summit
Saturday November 15th 2008
From 10am - 3pm
At East Common Auditorium
Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Ave 
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Our Advisory committee on the Second hand smoke research meets October 25, 2008 at 12 pm. Please contact us if you are interested.

Second Hand Smoke Contest Winners: We are pleased to announce that two students of the Art Institute of Minnesota won our $1,000 prize art contest and produced the artwork you see at the top of this page. They are Kevin Taubman and Allison Zeszutek.

We will continue to bring you updates as the project progresses. For more information, contact the coordinator at mawa.health@yahoo.com or call 612-588-7666.

 

Any public dissemination of information relating to the grant-funded project described here was made possible by Grant Number RC-2007-0022 from ClearWay MinnesotaSM. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of ClearWay Minnesota.