Cigarette Butt - Six new clinical smoking cessation training modules now available
Written by Ruth Hellerud-Brown, Project Lead, Healthy Living/Healthy Communities

Many of our patients and clients are looking to go smoke-free at this time of year. As health care providers, they often look to us for support.

This month, many of us will be working on new year’s resolutions to improve our health – to get fit, eat better or to quit behaviours that we know damage our health, such as smoking cigarettes. Many of our patients and clients are also looking to go smoke-free at this time of year. As health care providers, they often look to us for support.

Population and Public Health’s Tobacco Working Group has launched a suite of six new smoking cessation LearningHub training modules to help support you. These new online courses are designed to offer quick, clear and actionable advice on how to help your clients and patients quit smoking. They are open to all staff in Fraser Health, with no registration fee.

This week, in honour of National Non-Smoking Week, we’re asking all clinical staff to take a few minutes to review these education models and ensure you are equipped to support our patients to go smoke-free.

The six new Learning Hub training modules available are:

  • Module 1: Smoke-Free Policy and You
  • Module 2: Brief Tobacco Intervention
  • Module 3: Fundamentals of Nicotine Withdrawal Management
  • Module 4: Nurse-initiated Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • Module 5: Clinical Smoking Cessation Support
  • Module 6: Indigenous Smoking Cessation Support

Each of these modules is only 10-20 minutes long. Please make the commitment to help your patients and clients to quit smoking and register for the LearningHub modules today. (Search “smoke-free.”)

In this online education series, you will learn:

  • about Fraser Health’s Smoke-Free Policy, how it affects you, and how to support implementation.
  • how to provide a brief tobacco intervention.
  • how to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to manage nicotine withdrawal.
  • the three steps of NRT initiation -- monitoring, dose titration and handoff -- to ensure ongoing NRT.
  • how to lead a smoking cessation intervention and create an individual smoking cessation plan.
  • to address commercial tobacco use with First Nations in a culturally appropriate manner.

Remember, if you or one of your patients or clients is looking to quit smoking, we have the following resources to help:

  • All in-patients in our hospitals or facilities can access free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as nicotine patches, gum, lozenges or inhalers for their entire length of stay.  
  • All B.C. residents can access free NRT through the BC Smoking Cessation Program. Simply head to a drugstore and talk to a pharmacist to learn more. The program also covers prescription smoking cessation drugs for those who qualify for Fair PharmaCare. Speak with your family physician to see if prescription smoking cessation medication is right for you.
  • You can access free and confidential one-to-one coaching to stop smoking through QuitNow. Visit Quitnow.ca or call 1-877-455-2233 to speak with a coach.
  • Help your site to go smoke free. Download our Smoke-Free Policy Site Leader Toolkit from FH Pulse or email us at smoke-free@fraserhealth.ca to request a smoke-free presentation at your site.
  • Learn more about smoking cessation on our website at Fraserhealth.ca

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