Smoking cessation in cancer care in Yukon

Helping patients with cancer to quit smoking

Yukon Cancer Care Clinic – Smoking Cessation Services

Offers smoking cessation support to ambulatory patients with cancer:

  • Cancer care clinic staff screen patients for tobacco use, advise them to quit smoking and refer patients to Quitpath, Yukon’s commercial tobacco cessation program, for behavioural counselling and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).
  • Patients registered with the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program are eligible to receive free smoking cessation medications.

COVID-19 response: Smoking cessation services in Whitehorse have shifted from in-person to virtual counselling and from pick-up to drop-off of NRT.

Cancer patients’ access to smoking cessation support

no smoking iconIn 2020, the cancer care clinic in Yukon* offered outpatients support to quit smoking, including culturally appropriate supports for First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients with cancer.

*Many patients requiring cancer care in Yukon receive part of their care at cancer centres in British Columbia or Alberta.

Partnership-funded project – Integrating tobacco cessation with cancer care in Yukon


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, follow-up and extension of support to family and friends Gold
Pharmacotherapy Offers free NRT Gold
Person-Centered Assessing the availability of a patient representative to participate in program planning Pre-implementation
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

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