Research shows that smoking cessation interventions by more than one type of health professional have the potential to substantially increase cessation and readiness to stop smoking. In just a few minutes you can make a difference and help your patients stop smoking.
The Five A’s model of minimal contact tobacco intervention is recognized internationally as a best practice in tobacco cessation. Simply follow the Five A’s to ensure that for every patient, at every visit, tobacco use status is queried and documented.
- Ask – all patients and clients about tobacco use at every contact
- Advise – all tobacco users to consider quitting
- Assess – tobacco users’ readiness to quit (examples are Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance)
- Assist – according to client readiness and stages of change
- Arrange – for referral and follow-up
For a comprehensive source of information, tools and resources about tobacco cessation for healthcare providers, visit, “You Can Make It Happen”.
Community Supports for Counselling and Access to Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy
- Perth District Health Unit
- Call 519-271-7600 or toll-free 1-877-271-7348 extension 722 to book an appointment to our Stop Smoking Clinic – Free tobacco cessation counselling, quit kits and nicotine replacement therapy when available
- Telehealth Ontario
- Free over-the-phone smoking cessation support. Speak one-on-one with a Care Coach by calling 1-866-797-0000.
- Referral forms for healthcare providers are available online.
- Smokers’ Helpline
- Smokers’ Helpline provides text messaging cessation support, online support, and resources for quitting smoking.
- Choices for Change – Call 519-271-6730 for free counselling and support to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy when available for Choices for Change clients.
- Family Health Teams – To book an appointment for smoking cessation and receive one-on-one support with a cessation counsellor, call one of the family health teams below. Free nicotine replacement therapy when available through the “Stop” program.
Stop Smoking for Safer Surgery
It is especially important to advise patients to stop smoking if they may be undergoing surgery. The risks of smoking before and after surgery are well documented. Your patient will see the most benefits when he or she stops smoking at least six to eight weeks prior to surgery, but will still gain some benefits up to a week before surgery.
If you refer your patient to a surgeon, or if you are a surgeon speaking to a patient about stopping smoking, you may provide them with the Stop Smoking for Surgery brochure, which includes sources of support for those who make a quit attempt.
You’re Invited to Join…
The Quit Partners Community of Practice is a group of Health Professionals who share a passion for tobacco cessation. The goal of this group is to continue to improve access to comprehensive cessation programs for those living within Perth County by:
- Building capacity among members to offer tobacco cessation services and programs
- Working to remove gaps in local cessation services and programs
- Building supportive relationships across member organizations
- Knowledge exchange and training opportunities
- Meeting three times per year based on members needs
- Group sharing and updates via the Quit Partners e-bulletin
Current membership includes local Family Health Teams, Pharmacies, Addictions and Mental Health, Dental Professionals, Public Health Units and the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. If you have an interest in, or work in the area of tobacco cessation in Perth County, please email Jaelyn Kloepfer to join the Quit Partners Community of Practice!