Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Tobacco Cessation

  • Tobacco cessation is not a single event but a process that involves a change in lifestyle, values, social circles, thinking and feeling patterns, and coping skills.
  • The most important step in addressing tobacco use and dependence is screening for tobacco use and offering minimal smoking cessation intervention messages to all persons who smoke, at every opportunity.
  • When surveyed, over half of Ontarians who currently smoke expressed an intention to quit smoking within six months of their interview; one quarter indicated a serious intention to quit within 30 days (Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, 2006).
  • It is important to provide information and support for the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological aids for persons who smoke and who want to quit.
  • The risks of nicotine replacement therapy as an aid to smoking cessation in healthy people are acceptable and substantially outweighed by the risks of cigarette smoking (Surgeon General of the United States, 2000).
Addiction and Mental Health
Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice
Background Information