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Working Together to Help Patients Quit!

The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC) is a simple, systematic approach for addressing tobacco use with smokers and for supporting successful quitting using the best available evidence-based treatments. Originally developed for use in the hospital settings, it has since been adapted for application in primary care settings, and emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration to permit fast-paced clinics to adopt the program without noticeable impact on daily patient flow.

The OMSC is based on a 3 A’s approach to smoking cessation: ASK, ADVISE, ACT.

  • 30
    Seconds

    Medical Assistant/Triage
    Nurse

    Ask

  • 2
    Minutes

    Physician/Nurse
    Practicioner

    Advise

  • 30-60
    Minutes

    Smoking Cessation
    Counsellor (Nurse, NP,
    Pharmacist, RRT)

    Act

Using a facilitation-based implementation model, the OMSC team will work collaboratively with your primary care clinic to successfully integrate the program into your clinic’s daily flow; train health care providers to provide effective counseling and strategic advice, and; lead program evaluation and quality improvement cycles.