QuitNow Live Workshops

QuitNow Live Workshops are facilitated training sessions tailored to you and your practice. They cover current topics and trends for treating nicotine dependence through interactive activities. QuitNow Live Workshops will leave you with a renewed confidence, commitment and capacity for treating nicotine dependence. 

Virtual workshops: two 2-hour sessions
In-person workshops: one full business day


Upcoming QuitNow Live Virtual Workshops

Please join us at an upcoming QuitNow Live Virtual Workshop* to learn more about nicotine dependence and to gain confidence supporting your clients with their cessation goals!

This continuing education session content is pre-approved by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Visit the NCTRC website for full details regarding CE credits and CTRS Recertification: https://nctrc.org/

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Who will benefit from QuitNow Live Workshops?

QuitNow Live Workshops are tailored to any health care provider including pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, mental health clinicians, occupational therapists, social workers, addictions counsellors, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, physicians, or medical/nursing/pharmacy/dental post-secondary students. 

What topics will be covered?

Topics will include:

  • Tobacco epidemiology
  • Health impacts
  • Nicotine addition
  • The "5 As"
  • Assessing readiness, willingness, and confidence to quit tobacco
  • Introduction to motivational interviewing
  • Behavioural support
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Nicotine replacement
  • Facilitating a quit plan
  • Vaping
  • Arranging ongoing support with QuitNow

Custom QuitNow Workshops

The QuitNow Outreach Team provides short, tailored trainings to health care providers on a specific topic of interest including nicotine addiction, nicotine replacement therapy, cessation strategies, behavioural support and more. These training sessions are 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Email quitnow@bclung.ca to book your workshop



Learn more about Custom QuitNow Workshops

Who will benefit from Custom QuitNow Workshops?

Custom QuitNow Workshops are available to any health care provider including pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, mental health clinicians, occupational therapists, social workers, addictions counsellors, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, physicians, or medical/nursing/pharmacy/dental post-secondary students.

How are custom workshops different from QuitNow Live Workshops?

Custom QuitNow Workshops are designed for health care providers seeking to focus on a specific topic or suite of topics related to nicotine cessation. The workshops can be tailored to accommodate a range of timeframes.

What topics can be covered?

Topics can include:

  • The spirit of motivational interviewing
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Benefits/challenges of nicotine cessation
  • Cessation strategies
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Vaping

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - How to Videos

Common questions about nicotine replacement therapy

Dr. Debbie Thompson addresses questions and concerns of client seeking information on nicotine replacement therapies, including nicotine patch, lozenge, gum and inhaler.

How to use nicotine gum

Dr. Debbie Thompson discusses the best way to use nicotine gum to deal with cravings.

How to use the nicotine patch

Dr. Debbie Thompson discusses the pros and cons of using the nicotine patch and how to use it properly to reduce cravings.

How to use nicotine lozenge and inhaler

Dr. Debbie Thompson discusses the best way to use nicotine lozenges and inhalers to deal with cravings.

How to get correct amount of clean nicotine

Dr. Debbie Thompson explains the 50% rule for NRT (gum, patch, inhaler) to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

The 5As - How to Videos

The 5As - an introduction

Dr. Khara explains a brief intervention using the 5As approach to helping your patients quit. Busy clinicians can also use the 3As: Ask-Advise-Arrange by Referring to QuitNow Services.

The 5As in practice

Dr. Khara conducts role play with a patient to show that it only takes about 3 minutes of your time to help your patients quit, yet can make a lifetime of difference.

How QuitNow can make your job easier

Dr. Khara discusses why it is critical that healthcare providers talk to their patients/clients about smoking and how QuitNow Services makes helping easy.

Other Online Courses

Addiction Care and Treatment Online Course

The Addiction Care and Treatment Online Course (ACTOC) is a 22-module online course for healthcare providers to diagnose and treat substance use disorders with evidence-based treatments. Upon completion, learners can receive up to 20 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits and 5 CNA credits for Addiction Care and Treatment and Substance Use and Addiction Nursing Certificate, respectively.

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The Training Enhancement in Applied Counselling and Health (TEACH) Project is Canada’s benchmark tobacco cessation education program. TEACH provides continuing education and capacity-building focused on training healthcare providers to support their patients/clients with tobacco addiction and cessation, and address e-cigarette use/vaping.  

Note that the TEACH certificate program was retired in June 2022 but interested participants may still enroll in individual courses.

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Certified Tobacco Educator (CTE)

The Certified Tobacco Educator (CTE) credential recognizes healthcare professionals who provide tobacco prevention and cessation services to their clients.

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Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario: E-learning

RNAO offers two free courses intended to support nurses and other health care professionals in providing tobacco interventions with clients. Courses offered include a foundational module and a course focused on youth and young adults. 

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CAMH Fundamentals of Tobacco Interventions

The Fundamentals of Tobacco Interventions (FTI) is a condensed self-study course, adapted from the TEACH Certificate Program course, An Interprofessional Comprehensive Course on Treating Tobacco Use Disorder. The course is organized into three modules: The Tobacco Epidemic, Clinical Interventions, and Implementation. 

Note that Module 3: Implementation is only applicable to those working in Ontario.

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Training for primary care providers: brief tobacco interventions (WHO e-Learning course)

This World Health Organization e-Learning course is available free of charge to providers worldwide. Training contents: 

  • Module 1: The role of primary care providers in tobacco control and tobacco dependence treatment 
  • Module 2: Basics of tobacco use and tobacco dependence. 
  • Module 3: Overview of brief tobacco interventions. 
  • Module 4: Asking, advising and assessing readiness to quit. 
  • Module 5: Dealing with low motivation. 
  • Module 6: Assisting and arranging for follow-up.

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University of California: Smoking Cessation Leadership Center Webinar Series

SCLC's webinar series is integral to the technical assistance provided by the SCLC. Nationally recognized smoking cessation experts offer the latest information related to smoking cessation (including effective interventions) for the general and the behavioral health populations.

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CAMH Teach Educational Rounds

TEACH Educational Rounds is a monthly webinar series for healthcare providers across all disciplines to enhance knowledge and skills in offering tobacco cessation interventions. Topics are identified by the TEACH Community of Practice. Each session focuses on a particular area of tobacco dependence, such as treating specific patient populations, emerging research and evidence-based treatment guidelines.

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