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Tobacco Free Living

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Tobacco Free Living

As a health care provider, in less than three minutes you can make a difference in your patient’s life. You can help your patient quit smoking by following the 5A’s:   

  • Ask your patient if he/she uses tobacco products
  • Advise your patient about the risks of tobacco use and to quit
  • Assess your patient’s readiness to quit
  • Assist your patient in quitting by providing access to resources and community cessation services.
  • Arrange a follow-up through Smokers’ Helpline Quit Connection Program.

For further information and tools to assist you, visit You Can Make it Happen.

Smokers’ Helpline Quit Connection is a fax referral program that provides seamless integration between the cessation services of Smokers’ Helpline and healthcare providers who identify and refer patients or clients who smoke or want to remain tobacco-free.  Any healthcare provider in Ontario can access Smokers’ Helpline Quit Connection in order to refer patients or clients to Smokers’ Helpline by fax.

Nicotine Dependence Treatment Options

In assisting patients to quit smoking, a combination of counselling and pharmacotherapy has been shown to be more effective than either option alone.

The Ontario Medical Association (2008) has issued a document addressing many of the myths related to the use of pharmaceutical options for smoking cessation, including the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) with patients under 18, with cardiac patients, and during pregnancy.

A summary of these recommendations is available for distribution to patients in the Facts about Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Smoking.

Last modified on Dec 16, 2013