Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Smoking Cessation Initiative


In Canada, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature death, disease and disability. Evidence suggests that even minimal intervention by health-care professionals can dramatically reduce rates of smoking.

The goal of the RNAO Smoking Cessation Initiative is to strengthen nurses’ capacity to help their clients by implementing smoking cessation strategies and techniques in their daily practice.

The Ontario-based Smoking Cessation Best Practice Initiative, funded by the province’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has received multi-year funding until March 2015. To date, the Initiative has reached over 350 organizations and has established over 2600 Smoking Cessation Best Practice Champions across the country.

With a focus on knowledge transfer, mobilization of networks and increased use of existing services and programs, the RNAO's smoking cessation initiatives consist of the following elements:

  • Implementation Sites
  • Public Health Nurse Smoking Cessation Coordinators
  • Smoking Cessation Champions Network
  • Schools of Nursing and Nursing Students
  • Partnerships with Tobacco Cessation Strategies
  • Social Media and Resources
  • Evaluation

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