Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Tobacco Interventions

  • Intensive interventions last more than 10 minutes and include assessment of the motivation to quit, identification of high-risk situations and triggers to use tobacco, and discussion of problem-solving strategies to manage high-risk situations (Stead et al., 2008).  These may include:  behavioural interventions and counselling on the use of pharmacotherapy, nicotine replacement therapy, and/or prescription medications
  • Caution: there is not enough evidence to support the efficacy of other interventions, such as the use of e-cigarettes, laser therapy, acupuncture, or acupressure. 
  • Health-care providers who are unable to provide intensive interventions, should refer the client to resources, such as a quitline, that can provide further intervention support.  To view the Tabacco Intervention Resources list click here.   
Addiction and Mental Health
Integrating Tobacco Interventions into Daily Practice
Point of Care Resources