Smoking cessation in cancer care in Newfoundland and Labrador

Helping patients with cancer to quit smoking

Provincial Cancer Care Program, Eastern Health – Smoking Cessation Program

Offers point-of-care smoking cessation support to ambulatory patients with cancer:

  • Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners and General Practitioners in Oncology provide clinical smoking cessation counselling and free smoking cessation medications, at the cancer centre or by telephone and mail.
  • The program also provides follow-up support and offers referrals to the provincial quitline, Smokers’ Helpline.

COVID-19 response: Smoking cessation services have shifted from in-person to telephone counselling and from point-of-care to mail-out smoking cessation medications.

Cancer patients’ access to smoking cessation support

no smoking iconSmoking cessation support, including culturally appropriate support for First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients, is available to all ambulatory patients with cancer.

Partnership-funded project – Enhancement of smoking cessation services in ambulatory oncology in Newfoundland and Labrador


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 Silver
Pharmacotherapy Offers free varenicline, bupropion and/or nicotine replacement therapy 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 a multi-disciplinary team and community partners Silver
Indicator Measurement and Reporting Collects and reports on adoption, reach and uptake data Silver

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