Implementing Smoking Cessation Services in the Pharmacy

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management, Addictions

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.

Program outline

This program consists of four online modules with final exam and program evaluation:

  • Module 1: Pathophysiology, Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Treatments (0.5 hour)
  • Module 2: Quit Planning and Motivational Interviewing (0.75 hour)
  • Module 3: Implementing Smoking Cessation – Community, Hospital and Primary Care Settings (0.5 hour)
  • Module 4: Prescribing Pharmacotherapy (0.75 hour)
  • Final Multiple-choice Exam (0.5 hour)
  • Program’s Evaluation


Number of Continuing Education Units


Accreditation #

Accreditation Expiry Date 
March 7, 2021

Course Availability:

You must complete the program by March 7, 2021; access will be removed after this point.

Learning Format: 

  • Online, didactic learning module
  • Case study analysis and discussion
  • Interactive, multiple choice assessment activities

Learner Assessment:

  • Multiple choice assessment
  • Reflective exercise

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Pricing and Registration”; a drop-down will open with pricing information for members and non-members*. Select the option that applies to you, then click on "add to cart" to start the registration process.

*Not a member? OPA members receive significant discounts on professional development. Find out about becoming a member here.

Learning objectives

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

Module 1: Pathophysiology, Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Treatments

  • Outline the Pathophysiology of Tobacco Addiction
  • Review Smoking Cessation Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Treatments

Module 2: Quit Planning and Motivational Interviewing

  • Describe the 5A’s of Tobacco Addiction
  • Review Quit Planning strategies
  • Explore Motivational Interviewing techniques used in smoking cessation

Module 3: Implementing Smoking Cessation – Community, Hospital and Primary Care Setting

  • Set up and prepare to operate a smoking cessation program in a community setting
  • Realize opportunities for Family Health Team & hospital pharmacist smoking cessation programs
  • Outline the STOP Study Program
  • Review the Ottawa Model of Smoking Cessation Protocol

Module 4: Prescribing Pharmacotherapy

  • Review the Ontario Regulations surrounding pharmacist prescribing of smoking cessation medications
  • Outline the factors in choosing smoking cessation pharmacotherapy

Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements until March 7, 2021: 

  • Complete the program’s online modules (instructions will be emailed to you separately after registration).
  • Complete the multiple-choice exam and achieve a score of 70 per cent or more within a maximum of two attempts.
  • Complete the program’s evaluation.

Pre-requisites and Target Audience

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.

Subject Matter Experts: 

  • Jane Ling, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Jonathan Hunchuck, RPh, ACPR (BScPhm, PharmD)
  • Kacie Lunn, RPh (BScPhm)

Last updated: Feb 11, 2021


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

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
Smoking Cessation 2020   $100.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
Smoking Cessation 2020   $300.00 Add to Cart 
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