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Ministry of Health
B.C. Smoking Cessation Program

Simplified Information for Pharmacists

The B.C. government’s Smoking Cessation Program helps B.C residents to stop smoking or using other tobacco products by contributing to the cost of:

  • specific prescription smoking cessation drugs, or
  • specific non-prescription nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products.

Program Information

Program policy and claims procedures PharmaCare Policy Manual Section 5.20 (PDF 422K)
Key information for submitting claims Pharmacists’ Quick Reference Sheet (PDF 265K)
Products covered (including DINs/PINs) List of eligible smoking cessation medications (PDF 228K)

Clinical Information

Effective pharmacological aids to smoking cessation Table of the dosages, adverse effects, instructions for use and precautions for the PharmaCare-covered prescription smoking cessation drugs and nicotine replacement therapy products
Potential drug interactions with smoking and quitting Chart of the most common drug interaction issues connected to the use of tobacco
CADTH Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapy – Summary for Health Care Providers Based on the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) report, Pharmacologic-based Strategies for Smoking Cessation: Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses
QuitNow Resources for health care providers, including informational videos

Information for your Patients

For more smoking cessation strategies, refer your patients to these additional QuitNow Services:

QuitNow Library Information, tips, tools and techniques.
CareCoaches® A phone consultation with a trained CareCoach can be booked at any time of day or night by phoning 8‑1‑1. More information on CareCoaches® is available online at QuitNow by Phone.
Quit Now Online Community of peer-to-peer support groups.
QuitNow By TXT 14-week mobile texting service that provides helpful quit smoking tips and motivational support.
Demonstration Videos How to use nicotine gum and patches.