Dads in Gear

For new and expectant dads who want to be smoke-free

Dads in GearDads in GearDads 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.

Research 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
Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Cancer Society Grant #702831

Selected Publications:

Bottorff, J. L., Oliffe, J. L., Sarbit, G., Kelly, M. T. & Cloherty, A. (in review Jan, 2015). Men’s responses to online smoking cessation resources for new fathers: The influence of masculinities. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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:

For more information about the research and additional publications visit FACET.

For Dads in Gear program resources, visit the DIG Website.