Progress in integrating smoking cessation into cancer care across Canada

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.

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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.

87% and 44%

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.
gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal
The average implementation level for Canada was silver.

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