Dads in Gear

Dads in Gear (DIG) is a unique program for expectant and new dads who want to reduce and quit smoking. The website and the face to face program evolved out of a decade of research with new parents. Our findings about what motivates new fathers to quit and reduce smoking have been translated into DIG program offerings that include videos, interactive polls, discussions and activities on fathering, healthy eating, physical activity, and reducing and quitting smoking.

A program manual and training guide have been developed for DIG group facilitators. For more information about these materials and groups, please contact

Project Team

Joan Bottorff, John Oliffe, Gayl Sarbit, Cristina Caperchione, Anima Anand, Kym Howay, Marianne Clark, Alex Cloherty, Mary Kelly, Carolyn Gotay, Susan Wells, Jack Boomer, Ann Dauphinee


Bottorff, J.L., Oliffe, J.L., Sarbit, G., Caperchione, C., Clark, M., Anand, A., & Howay, K. (2017) Assessing the feasibility, acceptability and potential effectiveness of an integrated approach to smoking cessation for new and expectant fathers: The Dads in Gear study protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 54, 77-83.

Bottorff, J.L., Oliffe, J.L., Sarbit, G., Kelly, M.T., & Cloherty, A. (2015). Men’s Responses to Online Smoking Cessation Resources for New Fathers: The Influence of Masculinities. JMIR Res Protoc; 4(2):e54 URL: doi:10.2196/resprot.4079

Oliffe, J. L., Bottorff, J. L., & Sarbit, G. (2012). Mobilizing masculinity to support fathers who want to be smoke free. In: What a difference sex and gender make: A gender, sex and health research casebook (pp. 94-101). Vancouver, BC: CIHR Institute of Gender and Health.

Oliffe, J. L., Bottorff, J. L., & Sarbit, G. (2010). The right time. The right reasons: Dads talk about reducing and quitting smoking. Kelowna, BC: Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan. Available at:


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