Implementing Smoking Cessation Services in the Pharmacy

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management, Professional pharmacy services, Addictions

This program is closed for reaccreditation, and will re-open in December with the most up-to-date practice guidelines and case studies. Please check back for more information as it becomes available. 


This online professional development program provides an overview of concepts and best-practice approaches currently used in the management of smoking cessation by healthcare professionals. Practical information on how to set up and run a smoking cessation clinic is also presented to assist pharmacists who are interested in starting such initiatives. 

Pharmacists wishing to provide smoking cessation support to Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) patients under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s pharmacy-based smoking cessation program are required to complete a smoking cessation training program in order to be eligible to receive funding for their expertise and professional services in this area. For further information, please visit the Healthcare Professionals section of the Ministry’s website:

This program was made possible in part through an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer Canada Inc. 

Learning objectives 

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify patients who smoke tobacco
  • Identify smokers who may be willing to make an attempt to quit smoking
  • Perform a smoking cessation intervention
  • Understand the training requirements for reimbursement
  • Discuss a pharmacy team approach to smoking cessation program implementation
  • List the set up and preparation steps needed to operate a smoking cessation program
  • Prepare a smoking cessation program in a community pharmacy setting
  • Support patients through the quit smoking process to achieve success
  • Document and bill for smoking cessation interventions


CEU: 5.5
CCCEP efile number: 


Expiry date: 

November 9, 2018

Learning format: 

  • 3 online modules (3 hours)
  • Interactive, multiple choice assessment activities
  • Reflective exercises


  • The Essentials
  • Setting up a smoking cessation program
  • Delivering a smoking cessation program


  • Online multiple choice exam
  • Online checklist exercise
  • Online case study exercise
  • Online reflective exercises 

Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements until November 7, 2018. 

  1. Complete the program’s online modules (instructions will be emailed to you separately after registration).
  2. Complete the multiple-choice exam and achieve a score of 70 per cent or more within a maximum of two attempts.
  3. Successfully complete the checklist exercise, case study exercise and reflective exercise. Please note that it takes 5-7 business days to mark the reflective exercise.
  4. Complete the program’s evaluation.

Please note: Access to this program is provided until November 7, 2018.

Target audience and pre-requisites

The information provided through this online program, as well as the OPA Smoking Cessation Toolkit, is intended to guide pharmacists through the standards and documentation involved in the ODB smoking cessation program.  There are no pre-requisites for this program.


  • Peter Zawadzki, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Jane Ling, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Carolyn Whiskin, RPh (BScPhm, NCMP)
  • Michael Boivin, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Jennifer Lake, RPh (PharmD, BScPhm)
  • Jonathan Hunchuck, RPh (PharmD, BScPhm)
  • Kacie Lunn, RPh (BScPhm)

Last updated: Oct 20, 2017

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing to no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

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