June 14, 2021
Helping patients with cancer to quit smoking
To support the integration of smoking cessation supports into cancer care settings, the Partnership has funded projects in all provinces and territories to help patients with cancer to quit smoking. Provinces and territories are also partnering with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations and communities to expand the availability of culturally appropriate smoking cessation supports.
Percentage of cancer care settings offering smoking cessation support
Most cancer care settings offer smoking cessation support
All provinces and territories are working towards integrating smoking cessation into cancer care settings and the majority of patients with cancer in Canada have access to smoking cessation supports.
In 2020, 11 provinces and territories had integrated smoking cessation into some or all cancer care settings.
Implementing smoking cessation in cancer care
The smoking cessation in cancer care Action Framework establishes the gold standard for smoking cessation support in the cancer system. Cancer care settings can use the Action Framework’s Implementation Checklist to assess their current supports and identify steps to move from pre-implementation to a bronze, silver or gold level of implementation.
In 2020, seven provinces/territories were at the gold level, four were at the silver level, and two were at the bronze level.
The average implementation level for Canada was silver.