June 14, 2021
Helping patients with cancer to quit smoking
BC Cancer Smoking Cessation Program
Offers smoking cessation support to ambulatory patients with cancer:
- Patients are screened for smoking status on intake forms. Nurses follow up with patients who smoke, advise them of the benefits of quitting, and refer patients to the provincial quitline, QuitNow, for cessation services.
- Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available for all residents and subsidized smoking cessation prescription medications are available to eligible residents.
COVID-19 response: The smoking cessation program has continued to remain a priority during the pandemic.
Cancer patients’ access to smoking cessation support
In 2020, all 6 cancer centres in British Columbia offered outpatients support to quit smoking, including culturally appropriate supports for First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients with cancer.
Partnership-funded project – BC Cancer Smoking Cessation Program
Overall smoking cessation in cancer care implementation level: Gold
|Category||Implementation criteria met||Level|
|Behavioural Counselling||Offers 3A (Ask, Advise, Act) or 5A (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) model with an opt-out approach and mechanisms for relapse prevention and follow-up||Gold|
|Pharmacotherapy||Offers free varenicline, bupropion and/or NRT||Gold|
|Person-Centered||Engages patients in program planning, gathers patient feedback, and evaluates patient outcomes||Gold|
|Culturally Competent||Offers staff cultural competency training and patient resources||Silver|
|Partnership||Works with multi-disciplinary team and community partners, with mechanisms for information sharing to track patient progress||Gold|
|Indicator Measurement and Reporting||Collects and reports on adoption, reach, uptake and outcome data||Gold|