Tobacco & Vaping

Information for Health Professionals

Provider Resources | Health Professional Training | Cessation Programs & Tools

Supporting Healthcare Providers

Interactions between healthcare providers and their clients/patients provide an important opportunity to support commercial tobacco cessation.

The following provides information, tools and resources to help health professionals build their confidence, skills and competence in health promotion, harm reduction and cessation related to tobacco and vaping products.

Provider Resources

Clinical Support Primers

Clinical support and guidance for providing tobacco, vape and cannabis interventions.

Information Series

Information sheets for health professionals on a variety of tobacco, vape and cannabis topics and populations experiencing tobacco-related health disparities.

Online Resources

Print Resources

Posters, QuitKit materials, cessation workbooks and brochures can be ordered through DATA Communications Management. To access the catalogue, use the following information:

Username: tobaccopublic
Password: dwcal2012

Health Professional Training

The AlbertaQuits Learning Series includes online modules for Tobacco Basics, Brief Tobacco Intervention, Tobacco Cessation Pharmacotherapy, and Intensive Tobacco Intervention and in-person or virtual workshops for Applied Tobacco Intervention and Foundational Health Educator courses.

Certified Tobacco Educator (CTE) – In partnership with the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care we provide learning units that allow health professionals in Alberta to be eligible to write the credential exam.

  • CTE Assignment - This case-based assignment is the final step in preparation for the Certified Tobacco Educator (CTE) examination. The assignment can be requested from tru@ahs.ca.
  • CTE Infographic

View the following playlist of training videos (YouTube) on topics such as brief tobacco intervention, how to use NRT products, engaging vulnerable populations and mindful smoking.

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) also offers, Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice, an online course designed for public health professionals, comprised of five modules on Tobacco Cessation, Prevention, Protection, Evaluation and E-Cigarettes.

Cessation Programs and Tools

Programs and tools that can be used to offer counselling and group cessation programs in your community or practice.

Baby Steps Help Guide

Assisting healthcare providers in supporting girls and women to reduce and stop their use of smoked or vaped products when they are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant, or are in the postpartum stage, view more.

Facilitator Resources

  • QuitCore is a structured six-week group tobacco cessation program. If you are you interested in being a QuitCore facilitator in your community, contact tru@ahs.ca.
  • You’ve Got This is a flexible and interactive group cessation program for those most vulnerable to tobacco use and harms. Use the You've Got This – Facilitator Manual to run your own program.

Pharmacotherapy Support

Certified Tobacco Educators (CTEs) may be eligible to access pharmacotherapy support to supplement the tobacco cessation counselling they are providing to their clients. Contact tru@ahs.ca or more information.

Telephone Cessation Counselling – Fax Referral Form

Health professionals can directly refer their clients to the AlbertaQuits Helpline for telephone cessation counselling.

Tobacco Cessation Toolkit

Offering a variety of tools designed to support healthcare providers tobacco cessation work in clinical practice, access tobacco cessation toolkit.