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There is a need for smoking to be identified and treated systematically as part of standard practice in all healthcare settings. Helping patients quit smoking is not new to clinicians; however, success with helping patients to quit smoking can be enhanced by ensuring your clinical setting has a system in place for intervening with smokers.

The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in the outpatient setting involves a common approach to:

  • identifying the smoking status of patients at each clinic visit;
  • advising all smokers to quit;
  • providing assistance with quitting while in the clinic; and
  • ensuring attachment to follow-up counselling once they leave the clinic to assist them in remaining smoke-free.